1. (also sawpit) the vagina.
|Verse Libel 312: A Sammon in a Sawyer’s pitt / Did seeke to scape the fysher’s ginn.‘Libel of Oxford’ in May & Bryson|
|Gesta Grayorum (1688) 19: Three hundred able and sufficient labouring Men, [...] also shall repair and mend all common High and Low-Ways, by laying stones in the Pits and naughty places.|
|Crabtree Lectures 112: I call him Capon; but said the other, never Cocke of the game [...] no I will see him in the pit first, which word may carry a double meaning.|
|Hesperides 17: Julia and I [...] Playing for sport, at Cherry-pit: / She threw; I cast; and having thrown, / I got the Pit, and she the Stone.‘Cherry-pit’|
|‘Madame Be Covered’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 39: You not to one, but, unto all, / Shew both your hills and naked pit.|
|Harleian Mss. 7319.20: That glorious Name, That moved thee to divest thy covering Carnall Sin Shelt’ring Smock, and Shew thy Pit Infernall.‘Iter Occidentale’|
|Works of Rochester, Roscommon, Dorset (1720) 32: In some deep Saw-pit, both their Noddles hide.‘A Faithful Catalogue of our most Eminent Ninnies’ in|
|Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 32: His red-headed champion that had so lately fled the pit [...] was now recover’d to the top of its condition.|
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 93: She is very tall, and the pit in her black heath is said to have a considerable profundity.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|in Limerick (1953) 170: An ignorant virgin of Dee / Entertained a man’s cock just to see / If the darn thing would fit— / It went off in her pit, / And she cried, ‘Hey, that’s no place to pee!’.|
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 182: The simplest words in common use for this ‘nasty thing’ [...] are those accepting the female sexual apparatus as a simple receptacle. These include [...] pit, placket and many others.|
2. (UK Und.) the common grave, beneath the gallows, in which those who fail to pay a burial fee of 6s 8d are buried after their remains have been cut down.
|Women Poets of the Renaissance (1998) 24: In prison where they were, / The thieves and bloody murderers did find more favour there, / For they that death deserved were taken from their clink, / And in the cold and ugly pits which breathed a deadly stink / These men were thrust and bound.French Hist. in Wynne-Davies|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Pit c. the hole under the Gallows into which those that Pay not the Fee, viz. 6s 8d, are cast and Buried.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue .|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
3. a breast pocket; thus (UK Und.) pit-worker n., a pickpocket who specializes in robbing inside pockets.
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Pit. A watch fob. He drew a rare thimble from the swell’s pit. He took a handsome watch from the gentleman’s fob.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|(con. 1910s) Hell’s Kitchen 41: ‘In the pit,’ says one, meaning that the article they are after is in the inside coat pocket.|
|Sharpe of the Flying Squad 332: pit (the) : The inside jacket pocket.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 158/2: Pit. (Among pickpockets) The vest pocket; or, less frequently, the inside breast pocket of coat.et al.|
|Signs of Crime 196: Pit An inside pocket in a jacket.|
4. (UK Und.) a wallet [from sense 3].
|(con. 1900–30) East End Und. 283: Pit – Wallet. ‘There’s more money in the pit, who wants to be a miner.’.in Samuel|
5. as a place, usu. untidy, dirty.
(a) a bed.
|Jubb (1966) 25: Right [...] flop into me pit, spark out, that’s it for the night.|
|(con. 1940s) Sinking of the Kenbane Head 90: In came the self-important cockney Corporal. ‘Wot!’ he yelled, ‘still in the pit.’.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 113: One white arm / with digital / cheap one upon his wrist comes snaking out the pit where scrubber lies a-snoring.West in|
|(con. 1945) Touch and Go 160: What goes on when a man climbs into the pit with a brass nail is as sacred as the confessional. Call yourself a pro?|
|Get Your Cock Out 132: It was way after three in the afternoon and the sweaty lovers were still stinking in Gerry’s pit.|
(b) a real mess, esp. a room that is untidy.
|CUSS 172: Pit [...] A messy or untidy room or place.et al.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 56: The place was a pit and she was a slob.|
|Powder 173: Wheezer collapsed into his deal old Farm Place pit.|
(c) an unattractive, unpleasant place.
|Proud Highway (1997) 359: Jesus I worry about you there in NY, that rotten pit.letter 17 Dec. in|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 114: I didn’t even want to eat there because the place was such a pit.|
|Night People 4: I can’t believe we survived three and change in that pit [i.e. a prison].|
|Yes We Have No 63: Withyood, the housing estate, was a pit.|
6. (orig. US) in fig. use, as the pits.
(a) a situation, object or person seen as totally undesirable.
|Newsweek 2 Nov. 54/3: A bad exam experience would be ‘I’m wasted’ at Howard, [...] It was ‘the pits’ at Vassar.|
|AS XL:3 194: pits, n. This is a slang abbreviation of the term armpits, again with an extension of meaning to entail the idea of body odor (‘He’s got the pits’) or, more broadly, something unpleasant (‘It [the party] was really the pits’).‘Notes on Campus Vocab.’ in|
|‘Eddie, Are You Kidding?’ [lyrics] I saw your double knits / I thought they were the pits.|
|Liberty Tree 53: This is the pits and yet we feed and sleep.‘From the Death Cell: Iambes VIII’ in|
|in Tracks (Aus.) Jan. 5: And to all locals who put themselves a mile higher than westies, I and others think you’re the pits.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood Brothers 162: This half assed place was the pits, the real asshole of the world.|
|Grits 11: I am the pits, the fuckin dregs uv humanity.|
|Peepshow [ebook] Jim owes me big time. This is the pits.|
|Life 406: When there’s no shit at all, then you’ve got to go down to the pits and you know it’s going to be like a fucking pool of piranhas down there.|
|Times 1 Apr. [Internet] I would not much like to have been a female prostitute in Georgian England. [...] Being a female one, anyway, seems to have been the pits.|
(b) the depths of despair; thus in the pits, very depressed.
|Serial 32: It [i.e. bad news] sent Kate really into the pits.|
|Sun. Times (S.Afr.) 12 July [Internet] [headline] Vehicle sales in the pits as disposable income drops.|
|Salon.com 19 Dec. [Internet] [headline] Music industry in the pits! Record sales are down, no one’s seeing concerts, no one’s advertising on radio and the stars are revolting!|
7. an armpit, with an implication of body odour; usu. in pl.; thus the pits, body odour.
|Ginger Man (1958) 285: Put a little touch of Miss Frost’s mum in the pits.|
|see sense 6a.|
|CUSS 172: Pit A. Armpit. B. Armpit stain. C. Body odor.et al.|
|Current Sl. IV:1 12: Pit, n. Perspiration odor.|
|AS L:1/2 54: pits ‘body odor’.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|New Girls (1982) 129: Okay, just wait till I finish shaving my pits.|
|After The Ball 305: Ripe pits sourballs [...] pit sniffin’.|
|Foetal Attraction (1994) 32: What was it, Maddy pondered, that the shopping urge always struck the day you [...] hadn’t shaved your pits?|
|Guardian G2 24 May 11: Spray your pits and wash your bits.|
8. (drugs) the place on the inside of the elbow that is often used for injections.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 211: pit The main vein leading to the heart, considered the ‘original main line’ and the best vein to inject by some addicts.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|(con. 1939–59) Addicts Who Survived 114: I shot in this one vein from here to here [points to arm] for twenty years; that’s what you call ‘the pit’.|
9. (orig. US) a pit bull terrier [abbr.].
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 47: The pit licked his hand. Wayne scratched his ears.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] The pit looked offical, but Lil’ B knew dogs like the back of his hand [...] the pit didn’t come from a strong bloodline.|
(US campus) messy, untidy, disgusting.
|AS L:1/2 64: This is a pitty looking room.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
1. hell; a grave; thus pit-holed adj.
|Widdow of Watling-streete I ii: All my friends were pit-holed, gone to graves.|
2. (also pit mouth, pit of darkness) the vagina.
|Blurt, Master Constable E2: I thinke she does not greatlie care whether you fall to her vpon your honour, or no: So, all’s fit, tel my Ladie that I goe in a suite of Durance for her sake; that’s your way, and this Pit-hole’s mine.|
|Mad World (1640) I ii: That villanous ring-worme, womans worst requitall; ’Tis onley lechery that’s damb’d t’th pit-hole.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 113: Éteignoir, m. The female pudendum; ‘the pit of darkness’.|
intercourse in axilla, i.e. beneath the armpit.
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 36: pit job (n.): A sexual act using the armpit as a means of intercourse.|
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
1. a small pocket-book, worn in the inside pocket of a jacket.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|(con. 1737–9) Rookwood (1857) 232: Here’s a pit-man, captain.|
|Thirty Years a Detective 44: A pocket-book is called ‘leather,’ a wallet, or ‘a pittman’ or ‘pitt’.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Buffalo Courier (NY) 8 Sept. 67/1: Many men carry their money in a big long wallet, which used to be called a ‘Pitman’.|
2. (US Und.) a front trouser pocket.
|How I Became a Detective 94: Pitman – A front trouser pocket.|
1. (N.Z.) to go to bed.
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 161: Strike, it’s ten o’clock! About time we hit the pit. Pass me going-to-bed pants, Jack me boy.|
2. to inject a drug.
|ONDCP Street Terms 12: Hit the pit — To inject a drug.|