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Definition of pitfall noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pitfall

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpɪtfɔːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtfɔːl//
 
 
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a danger or difficulty, especially one that is hidden or not obvious at first the potential pitfalls of buying a house Getting professional advice will help you avoid the most obvious pitfalls.Extra examples Numerous pitfalls await unsuspecting investors. She avoids the pitfall of sensationalism. Trading in a foreign country can be fraught with pitfalls. We need to be alert to potential pitfalls. pitfalls in the interpretation of statistics Getting professional advice will help you avoid the most obvious pitfalls
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