Definition of snake pit in English:

snake pit

Syllabification: snake pit


  • 1A pit containing poisonous snakes.
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    • It is simply inevitable that in a snake pit with that many snakes one of them would be lucky or smart enough to have bitten you despite your resistance.
  • 1.1A scene of vicious behavior or ruthless competition: the literary snake pits of New York
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    • It was, according to observers, a snakepit of feuding and backstabbing.
    • Atkinson argues the law would force ‘creative thinkers’ to bite their tongue, and so produce a ‘veneer of tolerance concealing a snakepit of unaired and unchallenged views.’
    • However, much debate is expected in the snakepit of EU politics before details of how much exactly will be allocated, and how it will be spent, is finalised.
  • 1.2A place of overcrowded squalor, especially a poorly run mental hospital: the clinic opened in 1949, when most drug and alcohol sanitariums were still snake pits
    [ 1946: from the title of a novel by Mary Jane Ward]
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    • As recently as 1946, Life magazine was exposing many of America's mental institutions as snakepits

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