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  • n. Something miserable or unpleasant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any place of pain and turmoil


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  • The mission ours to storm the pits 'neath Lookout's crest that lay;

    Twilight stories

  • This flat-out, gears-grinding, bumper-car ride into the pits of hell is one major takedown of a read.


  • There was less dust here, aside from places where the ceiling was beginning to disintegrate, but some of the pits were dangerous, portions of the floor slick with insalubrious seepage from above.

    O Jerusalem

  • He could sniff the stink of something supernatural, something which had been raised from the pits of Hell, summoned to serve his enemies, and he knew suddenly why the Sorcerer Adventurers had called off their attack so readily, what they had planned when they had let him go.

    The Fortress of the Pearl

  • He was tall, his face bearded to hide the pits and scars left by the acne that had plagued him as a youth, and he habitually went bareheaded, his dark Iberian hair curling in the rain.

    Hadrian's Wall.html

  • Grey and clammy and silent, even from the shuffling of the collieries, for the pits were working short time, and today they were stopped altogether.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • The heap of discarded things grows: the chicken skin and bones, the pits of olives, potato peels, eggshells, everything left over.

    The Kitchen Daughter

  • A sizable fraction of the pits were destroyed, but ten did emerge—abraded and scarified, yet intact—from one end or the other of a turkey.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • You've been screwed from within, your security's the pits from Klaus Fuchs and Philby on down.

    Noble House

  • These human beings were strictly airbreathers — the handbook had told Thrykar and Tes that much; and it followed that the pits farther along the mountain side, which had been allowed to fill with water, must no longer be in use.

    Natives of Space


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