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 Its original concept hinged on the idea that travelers or on-the-go professionals looking for a pit stop would find renting a room from a stranger appealing, and vice versa. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The Pandemic Is Transforming the Rental Economy," 8 June 2020 Kyle Busch led 37 laps, but the NASCAR Cup star ran into trouble on final-stage pit stop while leading the race. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Fairhope’s Grant Enfinger wins again in NASCAR truck series," 6 June 2020 What used to be no-brainers, stopping at the grocery for bread and milk, making a pit stop at the gas station or meeting friends for dinner and drinks are now fraught with dangers. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "How to make good decisions when you're paralyzed by the stress of protests and the pandemic," 4 June 2020 There were pit stops and tire changes and the occasional wreck (though, for my money, not nearly enough, especially since no one could get hurt). Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Why watching eNASCAR races while social distancing is strangely comforting — to a point," 30 Mar. 2020 On your way up to the Hill County, make a pit stop for photos of the stunning bluebonnets and wildflowers that bloom from March until mid-April along Texas highways such as Highway 281, Highway 16 and Loop 337. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "23 things to do on a Texas Hill Country road trip, from bluebonnets to tubing," 13 Feb. 2020 Pearn instructed his crew members to prepare for a pit stop and told Truex via the team radio to pit the next time by. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Martin Truex Jr. surges into championship picture with deft pit-stop fake-out," 24 June 2018 For more OG Providence, make a late-night pit stop at New York System. Julia Sherman, Vogue, "Why Providence, Rhode Island, Should Be Your Next Weekend Getaway," 15 Mar. 2018 The mayor of Paris, Texas — a pit stop for drivers passing through to snap a selfie with the city’s miniaturized Eiffel Tower — had drive-thru virus testing in the works, just to give locals peace of mind. Washington Post, "‘And then, boom’: Outbreak shows shaky ground as Texas opens," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of pit stop

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2020

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“Pit stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pit%20stop. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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