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

So those mid-race pit stops to change the car are a thing of the past. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This video shows just how much quicker the new Formula E car is," 15 Nov. 2018 Maduro made the pit stop on his way back from China. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Rubio condemns social media star Salt Bae after chef mingles with Venezuela's Maduro," 18 Sep. 2018 This trip, save yourself the stress and make a delicious pit stop at Reading Terminal Market. Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Kids Will Love a Trip to Philly as Much as the Magic Kingdom," 30 July 2018 The fuel probe malfunctioned on the ensuing pit stop and the crew only got a few gallons into the No. John Kekis, Fox News, "Chase Elliott gets first NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Watkins Glen," 6 Aug. 2018 In September 2017, a lonely ephemeral particle on a 4.6-billion-light-year journey made a pit stop while passing through Antarctica. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Blaze It: Far-Out High-Energy Neutrino Came From a Blazar," 12 July 2018 Busch struggled with the handling of his Toyota for most of the race before his crew got it to his liking and got him into the top five with a pit stop 90 laps from the end. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If Kyle Larson isn't upset about the full-contact finish, why should NASCAR fans be?," 1 July 2018 About 300 registered riders were at the Howard County’s pit stop at the Whole Foods grocery parking lot in Columbia. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Hundreds of Howard pedal pushers ditch their cars, bike to work," 1 June 2018 There were piles of Pirelli tires, too, and a pit stop challenge that involved a very loud wheel gun. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Tommy Hilfiger Runs Out of Gas," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pit stop

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pit stop

: a stop for fuel and minor repairs during a car race

: a short stop during a journey for rest or food or to use a bathroom

: a place for making such a stop

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