- 1 1.1 (hole — in ground)(— for burying)(— for jumping)(inspection) pit (Cars)the bear/snake pitfoso (masculine) or (River Plate area) fosa (feminine)the pit of the stomachel foso de los osos/las serpientesa bottomless pitla boca del estómagoeating again? you're a bottomless pit!un pozo sin fondo¿otra vez comiendo? ¡tú eres un barril sin fondo!Example sentences1.2 (hell) See examples: the pit
el abismoel infierno
- I do not see any risk of these pits becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- First he put a bunch of stones in a big fire, then he put the stones in a pit dug in the ground, put stones over the top, and covered it with moss, sticks and sand.
- Others excavated rifle pits where the ground was soft enough for digging.
- 2 2.1 (coalmine)(before noun) pit worker 2.2 (quarry)Example sentences
- A wetlands conservation project in old quarries and gravel pits in North Yorkshire has won a national award.
- Stone from this pit was a deep, rich chocolate brown and was certainly the most popular stone with both the contractor and the public.
- As quarrying expanded, five pits were eventually opened.
- By this time next year there will only be seven deep coal mining pits left in this country.
- Slag heaps from dozens of coal pits dot the countryside.
- We also had a mining industry until the pit closures.
- 3 (Theater)also: orchestra pit3.13.2 (stalls) (History)foso (masculine) orquestal or de la orquestaExample sentences
- There were still tip up wooden seats in the pit and benches in the gallery.
- At ten to eight, the house doors opened, and there was a rush for the sixpenny seats in the pit.
- What's it like to sit in the pit in the Chicago Theater?
- I heal the animals that fight in the pit… so long as there's enough left to heal.
- This rough, loose, prickly coat allowed the Shar-Pei to wriggle out of its opponent's grasp while fighting in the dog pits.
- In such contests, according to law-enforcement officials, two dogs are placed in a pit or similar area enclosed with plywood walls.
- 4 (in Stock Exchange)(American English)Example sentences
- Although no one expects the euro to collapse, the debate is contributing to an uncertain atmosphere in foreign-exchange trading pits.
- Most traders trade in a pit, sitting almost on top of each other where everyone can be seen and heard and all calls traced and deals marked.
- Even now, many traders make electronic trades on handheld devices when they're in the pits.
- 6 (on face)Example sentences
- Dents or pits in the skin can easily become filled with bits of skin and hair, and infected with bacteria.
- Sometimes, popping a pimple will cause a brown or red scar to form that could last months; and scars, in the form of dents and pits, can last forever.
- I have many acne pits of varying sizes on my face.
- 7 (bed)(British English) [slang]Example sentences
- Once home we shuffled off to our respective pits, I surfaced at 10.30 am.
- Assuming you can drag yourself out of your pit by about 10am, you should be in reasonable shape.
- Mark was still in his pit, although he was awake.
- When she lifts her arms, she has a big old bushy pit!
- The cashier had sweaty pits and greasy hair.
- She turned up at a premiere with hairy pits.
transitive verb -tt-
- (mark) his face was pitted by smallpoxtenía la cara picada de viruelasExample sentences
- The tip of the stick is often driven into the cloth with force, weakening the structure of the weave, and pitting the playing surface.
- The dirty, white stone front of the shop, which stocked boxes of beer cans, was pitted with bullet holes, while a car and lorry parked in the protected courtyard outside were badly damaged in the attack.
- Much her chagrin she saw that through the ravages of time it was pitted with holes, some small others rather large.
- (remove stone)(American English) (fruit/olive)pitted cherriesquitarle el hueso or el cuesco or (Southern Cone) el carozo or (Colombia) la pepa acerezas (feminine plural) deshuesadas or sin hueso or (in Southern Cone also) descarozadasExample sentences
- Leave some cherries whole so people can see later on how hard you worked pitting real cherries.
- If you're pitting cherries, do it inside a Ziploc bag.
- I cut the cherries in half and pitted them.
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