pit stop

noun

1
: a stop at the pits during an automobile race
2
a(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 jobsMark 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pit stop was in 1915

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“Pit stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pit%20stop. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

pit stop

noun
1
: a stop at the pits during an automobile race
2
a
: a stop (as during a trip) for fuel, food, or rest or for use of a restroom
b
: a place where a pit stop is or can be made
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