|Origin:||Old English pytt|
a hole in the ground, especially one made by digging: ➔ sandpit
The female digs a pit in which to lay the eggs.
a five-foot deep pit
a large hole in the ground from which stones or minerals are obtained by digging
a coal mine:
mineTI especially British English
Dad first went down the pit (=worked in a coal mine) when he was 15 years old.
a national strike against pit closures (=when a coal mine is closed permanently)
a small hollow mark in the surface of something, especially on your skin as the result of a disease:
the deep pits left by smallpox
a house or room that is dirty, untidy, or in bad condition
untidy place[usually singular] spoken
5 spoken informal
to be extremely bad:
The company refused to pay - I think it's the pits.
if you have a feeling in the pit of your stomach, you have a sick or tight feeling in your stomach, usually because you are nervous or afraid:
I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach that something terrible was going to happen.
the place beside the track in a car race where cars can come in for petrol, new tyres etc ➔ pit stop
an orchestra pit
in a theatre
a hole in the floor of a garage that lets you get under a car to repair it:
in a garageTTC
a situation which makes you feel very bad:
Just thinking about the future plunged her into a pit of despair.
the single large hard seed in some fruits [= stone British English]
in fruitespecially American EnglishHBPDF
a peach pit
the area of a stock exchange where people buy and sell shares [= floor British English]