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  • a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
  • lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
  • a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    • a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'
  • a trap in the form of a concealed hole
  • (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled
  • (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on
  • an enclosure in which animals are made to fight
  • (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment
    • Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell- John Milton
    • a demon from the depths of the pit
    • Hell is paved with good intentions-Dr. Johnson
  • the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed
    • you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking
  • a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
  • a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)
    • they dug a pit to bury the body
  • remove the pits from
    • pit plums and cherries
  • mark with a scar
    • The skin disease scarred his face permanently
  • set into opposition or rivalry
    • let them match their best athletes against ours
    • pit a chess player against the Russian champion
    • He plays his two children off against each other
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