• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Trap-stair a stair or kind of ladder surmounted by a trap-door
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. træppe; cog. with Old High Ger. trapa, a snare (whence Fr. trappe, by which the Eng. word has been modified).


In literature:

Ain't there any stairs to this old rattle-trap?
"Thankful's Inheritance" by Joseph C. Lincoln
He found the iron trap, pulled it open, and slipped down the stairs.
"The Clue of the Twisted Candle" by Edgar Wallace
A trap was open near the foot of the stairs, and from beneath it muffled cries proceeded.
"Tales of Chinatown" by Sax Rohmer
We climbed a steep, rough flight of stairs to emerge through a sort of trap-door into a space directly under the roof.
"The Forest" by Stewart Edward White
A ladder-stair led to a closed trap-door in the floor above.
"The Purple Cloud" by M.P. Shiel
I set a fine trap for that simple young man down-stairs, and he fell into it, head-first.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
Left alone, Jonathan lighted a lamp, and, opening the trap-door, descended the secret stairs.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The stairs led up through an ordinary trap-door into what was the ground-floor of the house.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
Over these, reached by a trap stair, is a small garret, in which Robert and his brother used to sleep.
"Robert Burns" by Principal Shairp
The hearty meal that we made on him strengthened us mightily, and we went to work with a will at getting our traps up the stair.
"The Aztec Treasure-House" by Thomas Allibone Janvier
Brennan and John went directly to the trap door at the top of the stairs at the front of the basement.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
She walked into the trap and sprang up the stairs, two steps at a time, to overtake the negress.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
The "cat stairs" were closed at the top by a heavy oaken trap securely fastened within by two iron hooks.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
The stairs consisted of a short, sloping ladder, over which a trap-door could be shut, so as to prevent anyone entering from below.
"The Great Cattle Trail" by Edward S. Ellis
Thus Mr. Barnes knew, as he led the way down stairs, that his trap was set.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
There must have been other stairs and exits because one of the magter stood between Brion and the way down out of this trap.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
He mounted the stairs, and pushed open the trap-door.
"Ancient Manners" by Pierre Louys
Footsteps were soon heard on the hollow stair, where the trap-door had already been secured.
"King Eric and the Outlaws, Vol. 2" by Bernhard Severin Ingemann
A trap dashed along the white road, and some one ran, breathlessly, up the stairs.
"Tommy Wideawake" by H. H. Bashford
Perhaps he could not find his way out up those stairs and through the stone trap-door!
"Yule Logs" by Various

In poetry:

Is the spider a monster in miniature?
His web is a cruel stair, to be sure,
Designed artfully, cunningly placed,
A delicate trap, carefully spun
To bind the fly (innocent or unaware)
In a net as strong as a chain or a gun.
"Spiders" by Delmore Schwartz

In news:

In doing so, she would remove an escape route for residents trapped upstairs when the home caught fire in August and flames engulfed the interior stairs .