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dead +‎ fall



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.
    • 1922, A. M. Chisholm, A Thousand a Plate
      It was a week after the taking of the black fox that Skookum Bill, on a short exploring trip a few miles west of their cabin, came across a deadfall which held a dead marten. He took the marten, and. when he returned, said to Dobbs []
  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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