Definition of tar pit in English:

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tar pit


1A hollow in which natural tar accumulates by seepage.
Example sentences
  • He was a dinosaur who, instead of crawling off to some distant tar pit to die, took an entire industry with him into the abyss.
  • Most of those bones, which began accumulating in the tar pits about 44,000 years ago, were exhumed early in the 1900s, he says.
  • It wasn't horribly interesting watching a bunch of natural tar pits and the skeletons of animals that were found in them.
2A complicated or difficult situation or problem: the tar pit of municipal poverty
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  • If use of urban land were not such a tar pit of regulation & litigation, surely a vigorous government, exercising eminent domain, might have done something with the site by now.
  • Excepting his frequent dips into the tar pit of toxic love, he isn't regarded to have done too badly.
  • In an effort to tame the tar pit, various researchers in the software engineering field have proposed methods of software development that promise to bring sanity to the programming process.

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