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barrow pit

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noun Western U.S.
  1. a roadside borrow pit dug for drainage purposes.

Origin of barrow pit

apparently in reference to the mound of earth dug from the pit (see barrow2); variants with bar perhaps from regional pronunciation of barrow
Also called bar pit, bar ditch.
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