One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 A scene of vicious behavior or ruthless competition.‘the literary snake pits of New York’
- ‘It was, according to observers, a snakepit of feuding and backstabbing.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Page is ultra-sensitive about her experience at the Star, which was considered a snakepit of sexual harassment.’
- ‘I see why it would have been mortifying, especially against the psychological backdrop of the snakepit that was your school experience.’
- 1.2 A place of overcrowded squalor, especially a poorly run mental hospital.‘the clinic opened in 1949, when most drug and alcohol sanitariums were still snake pits’
- ‘As recently as 1946, Life magazine was exposing many of America's mental institutions as snakepits’
snake pit/ˈsnāk ˌpit/
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