One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A stop at a pit for servicing and refuelling, especially during a race.
- ‘We did a scheduled pit stop halfway through the race then made a brief stop for fuel near the end of the race.’
- ‘I knew I was quicker, I knew that I should have to pit and therefore when I came out ahead of him at the last pit stop the race was done.’
- ‘A late race pit stop to replace a flat tire forced Dino Crescentini from tenth place.’
- ‘Montoya made his first pit stop on lap 22 as the race leader.’
- ‘Chamberlain duly romped to a fourth victory and even had time for a quick pit stop in the opening race.’
- 1.1informal A brief rest, especially during a journey.
- ‘We called it a final truce and decided to find somewhere for a pit stop before leaving.’
- ‘The bus made a pit stop, and I bought a cold bottle of water to ‘ice’ my face.’
- ‘The roads through the base have been closed to the public for around 90 years, but naval leaders opened the gates to allow the classic cars in for a brief pit stop before they returned to Helensburgh.’
- ‘A few weeks ago, en route from Vancouver to Toronto, Kay made a pit stop in Calgary to meet with our fashion community.’
- ‘So for example, you might have to spend 19 hours flying from Singapore to Los Angeles, with a brief pit stop in Tokyo.’
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