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.

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