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From dead + fall.


  • italbrac UK: /ˈdɛdfɔːl/, /"dEdfO:l/
  • italbrac US: , /ˈdɛdfɑl/, /"dEdfAl/


  1. A kind of trap for large animals, consisting of a heavy board or log that falls on to the prey.
  2. In the context of "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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Extensive Definition

Deadfall is a 1993 film directed by Christopher Coppola and starring Nicolas Cage, Charlie Sheen, James Coburn, and Peter Fonda. Despite the star power, the film was a box office failure.

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deadfall in Bulgarian: Примка
deadfall in German: Deadfall
deadfall in French: Deadfall (film, 1993)
deadfall in Dutch: Deadfall
deadfall in Russian: Смертельное падение (фильм)
deadfall in Turkish: Deadfall

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dionaea, baited trap, booby trap, deathtrap, decoy, firetrap, flytrap, gin, mine, mole trap, mousetrap, pitfall, rattrap, set gun, spring gun, springe, trap, trapfall
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