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

During his final season, Smith made a pit stop in Detroit. Terrin Waack, chicagotribune.com, "Kenny Smith could join list of broadcasters-turned-coaches," 31 May 2018 While Norwegian Bliss made a pit stop in Miami this past week on its way to a summer of Alaska sailings, the ship will make Miami home again in November. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Norwegian Bliss carves up unique space in the cruise ship crowd," 11 May 2018 Red Bull had been the first team to make an undercutting move in an attempt to elevate Verstappen from third and Ricciardo from sixth, executing a difficult double pit stop to perfection. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Chinese GP: Daniel Ricciardo wins after tactical masterstroke by Red Bull," 15 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Will Power capped his early-race free fall from the pole and finished sixth; Alexander Rossi rebounded from a tough pit stop to finish ninth; and Scott Dixon salvaged a tough day with a 12th-place finish. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 But the governor’s mansion was never more than a pit stop for the ambitious 44-year-old who had never even sought public office before his successful 2016 campaign. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigns, ending political career once aimed at presidency," 29 May 2018 The race restarted with seven laps left, with Larson making a bold pass for the lead, coming back from ninth after a slow pit stop. Steven Cole Smith, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Kyle Larson takes Firecracker 250 after wild finish," 7 July 2018 Queen Letizia of Spain has had a busy summer, from a pit stop at the White House to general state affairs in Spain. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Letizia Is a Wardrobe Repeater in Her New Royal Uniform," 3 July 2018 Drivers put bags of ice in their suits and splashed cold water on their faces during pit stops, according to the Associated Press. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Heat wave prompts warnings, bakes nation ahead of July 4 holiday," 1 July 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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