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death trap

Something, usually a building, vehicle, or road, that is considered to be very dangerous. Between the worn brake pads and the loose steering wheel, that car is a death trap. The house was in such bad condition that the contractor wouldn't allow his workers inside because he thought it was a death trap.
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"In some terrible cases they have become death traps."
Instead of draining water they have become blood draining nullah being death traps for the pedestrians.
Some worksites are death traps given the number of fatal accidents, obviously due to lack of safety measures.
Kanaan, who inspected the scene of the accident, said the roads have turned into death traps where the lives of many young men, fathers and mothers are wasted, adding that these tragedies should induce concerned officials to speed up the execution of projects.
Even worse, is the fact some of the vehicles stopped were potential death traps - putting the lives of unsuspecting passengers at risk.
The shocking statistics show some of our most well-used thoroughfares are potential death traps.
Any animal can be killed in these death traps, including protected wild animals such as otters and even cats and dogs.
Light, I explained was crucial to avoiding real potential social death traps such as orange jaw, Touche Eclat overload and fake tan-itis.
OFFICE kitchens are being turned into death traps by slovenly staff, experts warn.
Despite their reputation as omnivorous death traps, these plants don't secrete any flesh-eating enzymes within their traps, Miller notes.
Research shows that many lorries become death traps, with birds suffering stress from being either too hot or too cold.
"They've (the federal government) cut off our ears with the rail service and we're stuck with lousy roads to Toronto which are death traps."
Because of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that claimed the lives of 71 people, thousands of tower block tenants are now fearing that they are living in death traps.
The NCA descended on the estate with a bulldozer on Wednesday to pull down buildings listed as death traps. The NYS bulldozzer flattened two four-storey buildings.