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noun [countable]     pit pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a very large hole dug in the ground in order to obtain a particular substance or type of stone

    a gravel pit

    1. a.
      a hole that you dig in the ground to put something in it

      a bear pit

      a barbecue pit

    2. b.
      a mine under the ground, especially a coal mine
  2. 2
    the place in front of a stage where an orchestra sits
  3. 4
    informal an armpit
  4. 6
    informal an extremely messy place

    Her room was an absolute pit.

  5. 7
    mainly literary a state in which you have very strong unpleasant feelings or in which something bad is happening
    pit of:

    Dimitri was in a pit of despair.

    Many politicians have fallen into the pit of corruption.

  6. 8

    the pit

    American the area beside a race track where cars are repaired or get more gas during a race
  7. 9

    the pits

    informal something that is very bad

    Having to work on Saturday night is the pits.

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