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pit stop

1. A stop during an auto race to repair or refuel the racing vehicle. With only three laps left, he'll have to decide whether to make a pit stop or try to reach the finish without running out of gas.
2. A short stop taken during a car trip to eat, rest, and/or refuel. I knew it was going to be a long drive from New York to Florida, so I planned several pit stops along the way to give myself a break.
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pit stop

1. n. a pause in a journey (usually by car) to urinate. (From the name of a service stop in automobile racing.) I think we’ll pull in at the next rest area. I need a pit stop.
2. n. an underarm deodorant. (Because it stops armpit odor.) Can I borrow your pit stop? I need it bad.
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pit stop

A brief rest stop for refreshment or bathroom use. From the first half of the 1800s, “pit” meant, among other things, a place where engines were repaired or maintained. Later the term “pit stop” was adopted in automobile racing, where it denoted a trackside place for refueling or some other service. Still later, the term was extended to mean such a stop, especially during an automobile trip. It also began to be used figuratively. Thus Mike Lawson had it in House Secrets (2009), “Then off to the Senate he flew, and the Senate, all the commentators concurred, was but a pit stop on his race to the Oval Office.”
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Research by Transport Focus claims the pit-stop breaks are having a "beneficial" impact on driving standards and road safety for motorists.
I had no brakes for the whole in-lap and none for the pit-stop," said the Spaniard.
Kubica failed to stop his Renault on his marks at the pit-stop and toppled several of the crew over.
And the new rules have even triggered a race between teams forking out pounds 500,000 over the season to ensure the pit-stop equipment is the lightest and best available.
The drop-in general health checks will take place at ASDA between 8am and 2pm, and the PIT-STOP health checks are from 9am until 5.30pm.
But the Englishman had words of comfort for chief mechanic Alistair Gibson, whose mistake caused the pit-stop calamity.
``When we did the pit-stop for fuel Jacques came in on the wrong lap,he came in on my lap and that completely ruined my race,'' saidButton, who finished 10th.
By the end of lap six he had gained the advantage over Reid and as the pit-stop window opened he was in third place behind Thompson and Muller.
The pit-stop mishap eventually cost Schumacher several seconds when he came in for fuel and rubber a second time as another refuelling man had to handle the damaged equipment.
"The pit-stop was my best chance, but I got held up by a couple of cars.
But it was all change at the pit-stops. Hamilton was first of the leading quartet to pit at the end of lap 19, with Massa and Rosberg following next lap.
"e rst part was great until the safety car," he explained, "but at the end I was being caught and the car suddenly lost its aero and I went o." e second race followed a similar pattern as Cummings's early lead was sabotaged by a safety session, this time incorporating the pit-stops, but having again dropped to third he nished a strong second.
"It was a really confusing race, understanding or trying to understand the pit-stops and whether it is worth looking after the tires or not, so it was pretty tricky.
'I'm very disappointed, the pit-stops weren't good at all and we suffered,' said the Edinburgh-born 28-year-old.
It paid off for the 32-year-old as he found himself in front when the pit-stops were completed, fighting off the threat of Anthony Reid in the third Ford to triumph by 1.179 seconds.