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saw pit

or saw·pit

  1. a place for pit sawing.
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Origin of saw pit

First recorded in 1375–1425, saw pit is from the late Middle English word sawpytt. See saw1, pit1
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Examples from the Web for saw-pit

Historical Examples

  • The white horse was buried in the saw-pit in the Laine's wood.

    Highways & Byways in Sussex

    E.V. Lucas

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for saw-pit


  1. (esp formerly) a pit above which a log is sawn into planks with a large pitsaw
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