Definition of pit stop in US English:

pit stop


  • 1A stop in the pits for servicing and refueling, especially during a race.

    • ‘Chamberlain duly romped to a fourth victory and even had time for a quick pit stop in the opening race.’
    • ‘We did a scheduled pit stop halfway through the race then made a brief stop for fuel near the end of the race.’
    • ‘Montoya made his first pit stop on lap 22 as the race leader.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1informal A brief rest, especially during a journey.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So for example, you might have to spend 19 hours flying from Singapore to Los Angeles, with a brief pit stop in Tokyo.’
      • ‘We called it a final truce and decided to find somewhere for a pit stop before leaving.’
      • ‘A few weeks ago, en route from Vancouver to Toronto, Kay made a pit stop in Calgary to meet with our fashion community.’
      • ‘The bus made a pit stop, and I bought a cold bottle of water to ‘ice’ my face.’


pit stop

/ˈpɪt ˌstɑp//ˈpit ˌstäp/