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the pits

A very unpleasant or unfortunate thing, situation, or circumstance. I'm sorry to hear about your divorce, Sam—that's the pits! I worked as a telemarketer one summer, and it was the pits.
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the pits

The worst possible situation, as in Spending your birthday working alone is the pits, or That job is the pits. The allusion in this term is unclear. Some think it refers to coal pits, others to armpits, and still others to the area beside an auto racecourse, also called the pits, where cars are serviced during a race. [Second half of 1900s]
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the pits

verb
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References in classic literature ?
John Carter shall die a natural death in the Pit of Plenty, and the day he dies Dejah Thoris shall become my queen.
I had backed into the pit which had received Issus.
That you return to them that which you stole from the pits of Phutra when you killed the four Mahars and escaped," he replied.
His search not being rewarded with immediate success, he decided to return to the pit where his rykor lay chained and look to its wants.
Sniffing suspiciously, he circled the edge of the pit.
A student who saw him remarked, "That's the way all bad governors should come out of their governments, as this sinner comes out of the depths of the pit, dead with hunger, pale, and I suppose without a farthing.
At that he stood irresolute for a moment, then turned, scrambled out of the pit, and set off running wildly into Woking.
The soldiers dragged it awkwardly from the post and began pushing it into the pit.
As these were made, they were hung upon an arm of the pitman who had last come up, with instructions how to use them: and as he stood, shown by the light he carried, leaning his powerful loose hand upon one of the poles, and sometimes glancing down the pit, and sometimes glancing round upon the people, he was not the least conspicuous figure in the scene.
By removing two stakes there would be left plenty of room for the lion to leap from the pit, which was not of any great depth.
If the pit I have been speaking of is the right one, a scene transpired there, long ages ago, which is familiar to us all in pictures.
Returning along the passage, on the left-hand side from the stage, and looking about me attentively, I discovered him in the pit.
And to be able to send a message across the pit of space, surely they had reached those heights to which man, in tears and travail and bloody sweat, in darkness and confusion of many counsels, was so slowly struggling.
After, feeling the carpet in the most serious manner possible, and discovering nothing more here or anywhere else, they went down to the corresponding box on the pit tier below.
Look there," I said, pointing to the strata of stiff blue clay which were yet to be seen among the grass and bushes that clothed the sides of the pit, "the formation is the same.