Pitfall definition

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An unapparent source of trouble or danger; a hidden hazard.
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The definition of a pitfall is a danger, downside or a trap that may be concealed or that you may not be aware of.

Unexpected repair costs are an example of a pitfall of home ownership.

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An unsuspected difficulty, danger, or error that one may fall into.
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A concealed hole in the ground that serves as a trap.
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A lightly covered pit used as a trap for animals.
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A type of trap consisting of a concealed hole in the ground: victims fall into the hole and are unable to escape.
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(computing) An anti-pattern.
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A potential problem, hazard, or danger that is easily encountered but not immediately obvious.

It's usually a simple task, but you should know the pitfalls before you attempt it yourself.

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Noun

Singular:
pitfall
Plural:
pitfalls

Origin of pitfall