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1‘a rectangular pit dug in the ground’
hole, ditch, trench, trough, hollow, shaft, mineshaft, excavation, cavity, pothole, rut
abyss, chasm, gulf, crater
2‘controversy over plans for pit closures’
coal mine, colliery, quarry, workings, diggings
3‘the ugly pits stood out on her skin’
pockmark, pock, mark, hollow, indentation, depression, dent, dint, concavity, dimple
1‘his skin had been pitted by acne’
mark, pockmark, scar, blemish, disfigure
2‘rain poured down, pitting the bare earth’
make holes in, make hollows in, hole, dent, indent, depress, dint, pothole
stone, pip, seed
‘this place really is the pits’
the worst, the lowest of the low
rock-bottom, extremely bad, awful, terrible, dreadful, wretched, unspeakable, deplorable
appalling, lousy, abysmal, dire
chronic, grotty, pants, a load of pants
‘a chance to pit your wits against the world champions’
set against, match against, put in opposition to, put in competition with, measure against
compete against, compete with, contend with, vie with, grapple with, wrestle with
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