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snake pit

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Pronunciation: /ˈsneɪkpɪt
 
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Definition of snake pit in English:

noun

1A pit containing poisonous snakes.
Example sentences
  • 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 behaviour or ruthless competition: the literary snake pits of New York
More example sentences
  • 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.

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