pit stop


Definition of pit stop

1 : a stop at the pits during an automobile race
2a(1) : a stop (as during a trip) for fuel, food, or rest or for use of a restroom
(2) : a temporary deviation from a direct or usual course a career pit stop … where he worked temporarily in between TV jobs— Mark Lorando
b(1) : a place where a pit stop is or can be made
(2) : an establishment providing food or drink

Examples of pit stop in a Sentence

We made a pit stop for some food before getting back on the highway. This little town is an ideal pit stop between the two cities.
Recent Examples on the Web Zac Efron, who portrayed the athlete and singer in all three High School Musical films, made a pit stop in Salt Lake City on Friday. Amanda Taylor, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 The lunchtime pit stop in Medina had a huge turnout, as people from all over filled the square to watch the cars drive in, view the autos and talk to the racers. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, 28 June 2022 Diggins climbed up from the 10th spot to the sixth after a strong push after the pit stop of this combination race that features 7.5K of classic and 7.5K of freestyle. Lori Nickel, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2022 Elliott dominated the first two-thirds of the race from the pole and led 36 of the 62 laps, giving up the top spot only in the pit stop cycles. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2022 The couple offered an iconic pit stop for those starting a northbound thru-hike or finishing their southbound journey. Mary Beth Skylis, Outside Online, 18 June 2020 Several volunteers with Ukraine’s State Emergency Service were making a pit stop with a black SUV ferrying crates of fruit, cartons of cigarettes and personalized care packages sent by families to soldiers on the front lines. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Next, there was a towering installation of mirrored speakers where each guest made a pit stop for a photo opp. Jamila Stewart, Vogue, 20 Feb. 2022 The final caution period reset everyone's plans as all DPi cars used the opportunity to make a final pit stop. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pit stop

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Aug 2022

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“Pit stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pit%20stop. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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