pit noun

1 hole

ADJ. deep, shallow | bottomless | black, dark | chalk, gravel a disused gravel pit

VERB + PIT dig

2 coal mine

ADJ. open They extract the mineral from open pits and underground mines.

VERB + PIT go down He went down the pit at the age of fifteen.

PIT + NOUN village There's no more work in these pit villages. | closure

PREP. in a/the ~ Most boys in the village worked in the pits.