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

The park has five campgrounds (from $15), and the Stargazer Inn, five miles away in Baker, has ten rooms (from $75) and an accompanying restaurant called Kerouac’s, which opened in 2017 as a welcome pit stop for weary travelers. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Under-the-Radar National Parks You Should Visit," 20 June 2018 Milan would be the last pit stop for the Tommy x Gigi show; the partnership was coming to its contractual end. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Tommy Hilfiger Runs Out of Gas," 26 Feb. 2018 Slyman’s Deli is a culinary pit stop for anyone who has finishing Cleveland’s biggest--and best-- corned beef sandwich on their bucket list. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "Heading to the GOP Convention? Chow down at Cleveland's best restaurants," 15 July 2016 And then there’s always Paris Hilton, who was well-known for her post-party pit stops at In-N-Out Burger back in the early early aughts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Heads to McDonald’s in London Flaunting a Buzzy New Designer Logo," 11 Dec. 2018 Crisp air, apple cider pit stops, and of course, brilliant foliage—there’s truly no better time for a family road trip than the fall. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 The charging system can add about 180 miles of range during a 30-minute pit stop. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "Audi Officially Unveils Its First EV, the E-Tron," 18 Sep. 2018 Sometimes a quick, learning-focused pit stop can help make the most of your day trip. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 Alsup, a 51-year-old trucker from Greenback, Tennessee, was parked at a Waffle House outside Fayetteville, North Carolina, Sunday night for a quick pit stop. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Noah’s Ark except it’s a school bus: Truck driver rescues 64 dogs and cats from floods of Hurricane Florence," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pit stop

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pit stop was in 1915

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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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