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saw pit

or sawpit

a place for pit sawing.
Origin of saw pit
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, saw pit is from the late Middle English word sawpytt. See saw1, pit1 Unabridged
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  • The white horse was buried in the saw-pit in the Laine's wood.

  • Before any trees are cut down, we'll have to dig a saw-pit and find a pit-sawyer.

    We of the Never-Never Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
  • Thrice, on the night-shift, underneath in the saw-pit, Old Tarwater fainted.

    The Red One Jack London
  • Friday a poor blind man fell into a saw-pit, to which he was conducted by Sir Clement Cottrell.

  • Some good pinetrees were brought to the saw-pit, and one laid upon it.

  • I have mended up the bole that opens into the saw-pit next door; and there is no chance of his escaping.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • Then after the logs were rolled on the saw-pit he whipped out the lumber in something less than two days.

    Heroes of To-Day Mary R. Parkman
  • Being in want of plank I directed a saw-pit to be dug and employed some of the people to saw trees into plank.

  • Across the lake, a mile above a roaring torrent, they located a patch of spruce and built their saw-pit.

    The Red One Jack London
  • "Reds and whites," he said; and the sound of his own voice jarred upon his nerves like the rasping of files in a saw-pit.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for saw-pit


(esp formerly) a pit above which a log is sawn into planks with a large pitsaw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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