barrow pit

noun Western U.S.

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.

Definition for bar ditch (2 of 2)

bar ditch

noun Western U.S. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019