- a mental hospital marked by squalor and inhumane or indifferent care for the patients.
- an intensely chaotic or disagreeable place or situation.
Origin of snake pit
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for snake pit
He cut three red strips from his back, and cast him into the snake-pit.The Norwegian Fairy Book