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  1. a deep pit in sandy soil from which sand is excavated.
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Origin of sandpit

First recorded in 1520–30; sand + pit1
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Examples from the Web for sandpit

Historical Examples of sandpit

  • In a sandpit on the coast of Bering Island, his condition was hopeless.

    Vitus Bering: the Discoverer of Bering Strait

    Peter Lauridsen

  • While wading across, I suddenly sank to my waist in a sandpit.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

  • He had killed twenty, and hidden them in a sandpit, when discovered by his master.

    Wild Animals I Have Known

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • One day they had the good fortune to find in the sandpit a strange creature.

  • He must have found the car in the sandpit and seen my tracks in the wood opposite.


    John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for sandpit


  1. a shallow pit or container holding sand for children to play in
  2. a pit from which sand is extracted
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