snake pit


Definition of snake pit

1 dated : a hospital for the mentally ill
2 : a place or state of chaotic disorder and distress

Examples of snake pit in a Sentence

finally managed to crawl out of the snake pit of her drug addiction
Recent Examples on the Web So instead, Edward decided to throw his son into the snake pit and hope for the best. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 That’s still too many days away, but walking into the snake pit of Ohio Stadium will be here before anyone knows it. Tom Noie, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2022 But by whom? A SHOCKING DISCOVERY On a hot Missouri summer day in June 2017, Montgomery County sheriff's deputies were called to a unique and potentially dangerous death scene — a literal snake pit — a building with more than 3,000 exotic serpents. CBS News, 12 Mar. 2022 Trustees, worried about mounting deficits, hired Weiss to right the ship both financially and management-wise since, under Campbell, a bit of a snake pit had developed. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 4 Nov. 2021 Powell, blessed with more intelligence and common sense than ego, was too smart to get involved in the snake pit of presidential politics. J.d. Crowe |, al, 19 Oct. 2021 Mayes essays a preacher who is falling off the edge into, well, a snake pit of his own design. al, 1 Mar. 2021 That’s just one of the complicated, heated battles Becerra will face as Biden’s secretary of Health and Human Services, a snake pit of programs that attract fiercely competing interests and ideologies and can overwhelm someone trying to lead it. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2020 Dykes had set a booby trap: a snake pit of cables blocking the way into the bunker. CBS News, 6 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of snake pit

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snake pit was in 1946

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23 Jun 2022

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“Snake pit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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