deadfall

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From dead + fall.

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deadfall (plural deadfalls)

  1. (US) A kind of trap for large animals, consisting of a heavy board or log that falls on to the prey.
  2. deadwood
  3. (US, slang) A cheap, rough saloon or bar.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 406:
      They had lived down in horse barns, army “A” tents with the old blood-stains onto them, city hotels with canopy beds, woke up in back rooms of deadfalls where the bars had toothmarks end to end.

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