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noun [C] (PLACE/AREA)    /pɪt/
C2 a large hole in the ground, or a slightly low area in any surface: They'd dug a shallow pit and left the bodies in it. These pits in my skin are from when I had chickenpox. → See also armpit, sandpitCaves, cracks and crevicesHoles, hollows and dips a coal mine or an area of land from which a natural substance is taken by digging: The coal-mining industry wants new pits to be opened. a gravel/chalk pitMining and quarrying slang a very untidy or dirty place: I'm afraid my room is a complete pit!Unpleasant placesPlaces and locations the pit [S] in a theatre, the seats at the lowest level, or the orchestra pitTheatre auditorium and front-of-house the pits [plural] informal something that is of extremely low quality: The hotel we stayed in was the pits!Informal words for badRubbish and wasteSerious and unpleasantNot of good quality the area next to a motor race track where the cars are given fuel or repaired during a raceMotor racing
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