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

When the program became public last month, city officials estimated that about 5,000 geese live in Denver year-round, while many thousands more make the city a pit stop during their winter north-south migration. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "1,662 geese killed in Denver’s now-completed effort to control population in city’s parks," 11 July 2019 Make a pit stop at the Brew Hee Haw beer festival on the fairgrounds at the Hangar; tickets include admission to the fair. Sara Cagle, latimes.com, "Close-to-home weekend events celebrate the outdoors," 10 July 2019 While in Butcher Hollow, be sure to make a pit stop at Webb's Grocery, a general store and souvenir shop in nearby Van Lear, which Lynn's brother Herman Webb ran until his death in July 2018. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Why Country Fans Must Plan a Visit to Butcher Holler, Kentucky," 13 June 2019 Over on the continent was French singer-songwriter Lou Doillon, who made a pit stop in Krakow, Poland for her current tour, bringing a little Gallic insouciance to Eastern Europe along the way. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Billie Eilish, Lou Doillon, Janelle Monáe, and More," 25 May 2019 Off screen, the sperm vacuum makes a quick pit stop to grab an additional solution before appearing again, poised and ready. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Human Gene Editing is Controversial. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Isn't Deterred," 15 Apr. 2019 Even in 2019 bisexuality is still viewed in some circles as invalid or temporary—a metaphorical pit stop on the way to gay. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "On Abby’s, Natalie Morales Plays a Bar Owner Who Just Happens to Be Bisexual—and That’s the Point," 28 Mar. 2019 As my guides would reveal, NorthPark is the drop-in Neiman for everyday purchases and items for kids, along with a pit stop at its casual Mermaid Bar. Alex Witchel, Town & Country, "The Best Department Stores Are All Opening Restaurants," 25 Feb. 2019 In the episode that aired on Sunday, the cartoon family makes an impromptu pit stop at the Prada Marfa installation on a road trip through Texas. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Prada Makes an Unlikely Cameo on The Simpsons," 11 Jan. 2019

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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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