from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pit prepared for the keeping of bears in a zoölogical garden.


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  • I can understand why the Catalans of Perpignan want to play in their capital but having to give up the bear-pit advantage they get from the Stade Aimé-Giral may just tip the scales too far while Toulouse seem to be able to play anywhere when the occasion demands.

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  • They hung over the railing of the bear-pit, shivering at the huge and lonely denizen, and passed quickly on to ten minutes of laughter at the monkey cage.


  • It was a bear-pit: people pouring beer on the acts, paper aeroplanes flying around.

    Portrait of the artist: Frank Skinner, comedian

  • Perhaps that was understandable with three of the first-choice back four out but it did seem a waste of the bear-pit atmosphere.

    Bosnia aim to get it pitch perfect against Portugal | Jonathan Wilson

  • Clearly, we're drinking in the Flight of Fancy Saloon here, but while we're at it, let's imagine a politics in which it actually became difficult to pass legislation at all and parliament became a baying bear-pit which actually reflected the disputatious, bloody-minded, frequently absurd voters that elect the damn thing in the first place.

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  • I cannot think of any of our Prime Ministers of the television age who has presented such a sorry and sad picture in the weekly bear-pit that is PMQs.

    McBlackadder The Dancing Bear

  • The method, developed by Klein Dytham Architects in Tokyo puts twelve speakers in a bear-pit theatre with only 20 slides for 20 seconds each for a six minute and 20 second total.

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  • So of course, Canadians have their own words and Barber has a section on each: Peace, Order and Good Government (drop the writ and bear-pit session); weather is a subsection in the chapter A Country With Too Much Geography; and For the Love of the Game (pond hockey and puckster).

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  • From the stone terrace above the bear-pit his son and his two grandchildren came hastening down when they saw old Jolyon coming, and led him away towards the lion-house.

    The Man of Property

  • Then it was over to the fighters, where they did a quickie bear-pit tourney.

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