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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

SPOKEN
If you describe something as the pits, you mean that it is extremely bad. Mary Ann asked him how dinner had been. `The pits,' he replied. Reading someone else's diary is the pits.
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pits

1. n. the armpits. (Usually crude.) Man, you have a problem in your pits.
2. and the pits n. anything really bad. (Always with the in this sense.) This whole day was the pits from beginning to end.
3. and the pits n. the depths of despair. (Always with the in this sense. Often with in as in the example.) It’s always in the pits with him.
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the pits

verb
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But when the wheels come off it's the pits for clubs.
Not knowing what you're dealing with or how to treat it, not being able to make plans, it's the pits and you fear the worst.
But Mr Goult, of High Stone Close, Redcar, denied being racially abusive and told district judge Harmes that the gesture he used - which saw him put his right hand under his left armpit - was commonly used on Teesside and meant "it's the pits" or "under the arm", and was used to express displeasure.
Goult told the court the gesture he made of putting his hand under his armpit was a wellknown Teesside expression that means "it's the pits, it's rubbish".
IT'S THE PITS Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are cursing their luck
IT'S THE PITS Lewis Hamilton battles with brake problems during practice for the US Grand Prix
IT'S THE PITS: Martin Whitmarsh and Jenson Button ponder McLaren's next move.
Once I said to my grandson when something happened, "Life is not a bowl of cherries," and he said, "Yeah Grandma, sometimes it's the pits." But someday it will be the perfect place.
NIGHTS TO REMEMBER: Leon Osman (right) hits his wonder goal against Larissa and (above) Jiri Barborik is challenged by Juventus defender Jurgen Kohler during one of Sigma's previous flirtations with the UEFA Cup in 1992 IT'S THE PITS: Sigma Olomouc's Lukas Bajer celebrates his goal during the 5-1 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie (inset) in the Europa League third qualifying round tie - the Czechs eventually won 8-1 on aggregate
We'll compile a list that you can send to visitors, lest they disappear into a black hole upon arrival and instead of "Eugene: It's Track Town U.S.A." we become known as: "Eugene: It's the Pits."
it's the pits Miners have not been given a fair deal
As a local mining historian with records of more than 1,500 mines in South Wales, I was interested to read the article in last Saturday's Echo, 'It's the Pits.'
It's the pits for some :The Peckhams also care for the forgotten victims of mining, ex-pit ponies, who have been taken in since the collieries closed in the 1980s and early 1990s.