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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
3. Contingent Subservience

667. [Source of Danger.] Pitfall.

   NOUN:rocks, reefs, coral reef, sunken rocks, snags; sands, quicksands; syrt [rare], syrtis [rare]; Goodwin sands, sandy foundation; slippery ground; breakers, shoals, shallows, bank, shelf, flat, lee shore, ironbound coast, rockbound coast; rock -, breakers- ahead; derelict.
  ABYSS, abysm, pit, void, chasm, crevasse.
  WHIRLPOOL, eddy, vortex, gurge [rare], rapids, undertow; current, tide gate, tide race, maelstrom; eagre, bore, tidal wave.
  PITFALL; ambush [See Ambush]; trapdoor; trap (snare) [See Deception]; mine, masked battery, spring-gun.
  PEST, ugly customer, dangerous person, le chat qui dort [F.]; crouching tiger; incendiary, firebug [slang]; firebrand; hornet’s nest.
  sword of Damocles; wolf at the door, snake in the grass, snake in one’s bosom, death in the -cup, – pot; latency [See Latency].
  1. Latet anguis in herbâ.—Vergil
  2. Proximus ardet Ucalegon.—Vergil
  3. O Thou, who didst with pitfall and with sin Beset the Road I was to wander in.—Omar Khayyám—Fitzgerald