from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pit; a pockmark.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small hollow or pit; especially, a pit left by a pustule of smallpox.
- n. The grave.
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“Then all I know is this,” cried Jerry, running up to him, and desperately clutching at his riding coat; “the very night dear father was put into the pit-hole — oh, hoo, oh, hoo, oh, hoo!”
Now being left on the bank like that, and in full sight of the goodly heaven, I wrestled hard with my flesh and blood, about going down into the pit-hole.
There was just room between the fringe of reed and the belt of rock around it, for a man going very carefully to escape that horrible pit-hole.
By the vague light proceeding from it he saw a pit-hole occupying the entire width of the gangway, and apparently of great depth.
The carriage-springs were tested by an occasional drop of the wheels into a pit-hole, on merging from which you came sometimes to a hundred yards of rut of dimensions similar to those of military approaches to a citadel; nevertheless, I enjoyed my drive excessively.
And his body long time lay without the ministry of the funeral rites, unburied, and mangled by the birds of prey; and at length was it dragged by the feet into a pit-hole, and covered with turf; and they who judge according to outward show esteemed this man most miserable and unfortunate.
The mother allowed the fancy to remain; she thought it wrong and horrible that a child's first idea of death should be "putting into the pit-hole."
"I should like to _see_ him put in the pit-hole," Georgey remarked, after a pause.
"Then all I know is this," cried Jerry, running up to him, and desperately clutching at his riding coat; "the very night dear father was put into the pit-hole -- oh, hoo, oh, hoo, oh, hoo!"
"Yes; not have so good supper in pit-hole," replied Pablo, laughing.
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