Definition of snake pit in English:

snake pit


  • 1A pit containing poisonous snakes.

    • ‘It is simply inevitable that in a snake pit with that many snakes one of them would be lucky or smart enough to have bitten you despite your resistance.’
    1. 1.1A scene of vicious behaviour or ruthless competition.
      ‘the literary snake pits of New York’
      • ‘I see why it would have been mortifying, especially against the psychological backdrop of the snakepit that was your school experience.’
      • ‘Atkinson argues the law would force ‘creative thinkers’ to bite their tongue, and so produce a ‘veneer of tolerance concealing a snakepit of unaired and unchallenged views.’’
      • ‘Page is ultra-sensitive about her experience at the Star, which was considered a snakepit of sexual harassment.’
      • ‘However, much debate is expected in the snakepit of EU politics before details of how much exactly will be allocated, and how it will be spent, is finalised.’
      • ‘It was, according to observers, a snakepit of feuding and backstabbing.’


snake pit

/ˈsneɪk ˌpɪt/