snake pit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n snake pit pejorative terms for an insane asylum
    • n snake pit any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle","the inferno of the engine room","when you're alone Christmas is the pits"
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Usage

In literature:

But he was very wroth, and none can blame him for that; so he caused the brother to be thrown into a pit full of snakes.
"The Red Fairy Book" by Various
Galactic trade is a snake-pit.
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
To the lion's den, the snake pit?
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
In great wrath the Hunnish monarch ordered Gunnar to be thrown into a pit of snakes.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
For to the snake-devils all things that live and move are merely meat to fill the aching pit in their swollen bellies.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
Some of these duchies, like Glaspyth or Didreksburg, are literal snake pits.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
You are like a child that culls flowers at the edge of a snake's breeding-pit.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
But it was more than that; that place was a regular snake-pit of a treatment for a stranger, believe me!
"Exile from Space" by Judith Merril
He cut three red strips from his back, and cast him into the snake-pit.
"The Norwegian Fairy Book" by Clara Stroebe
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In poetry:

O monstrous world, where innocent children jostle
Fiends from the pit! where snakes constrict the throstle,
Singing of Paradise! infuse the fire,
And gloat upon her pangs till she expire
Her music foundering in confusion dire!
"De Profundis" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

In news:

Not a fear of snakes — I've always loved the creatures, and still do, as long as it's not a pit viper right beside my ankle.
Snake River Gravel Pit Project.
Two of the four large pits that were remnants of previous gravel mining activities within the Snake River Gravel Pit Project.
California teen looking for cell service steps into snake pit , bit 6 times.
Roller derby action blurs around the Walla Walla YMCA track Saturday night as the Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls faced the Snake Pit Derby Dames.
The Sweets jammer 'Lois Slay'n' (center) gets caught between two Snake Pit foes while trying.
Transitions Championship features lethal Snake Pit .
The Rattlers came away with a pair of big wins against East Mountain Tuesday night at the Snake Pit .
Snake River Gravel Pit Project.
Velcro Kitten The Snake Pit.
Vera Oliphant was walking up a hill about two weeks ago looking for a cell phone signal when she stepped into a pit of snakes.
The Rattlers host Seguin for a 7 pm game tonight at The Snake Pit.
My son now races at Rattle Snake Raceway in Fallon, Nevada, and I'm the pit crew.
After wrapping rattlesnakes around their arms, leisurely walking around in the snake pit, and laying on the floor with a couple snakes on top of them, one of them did something I was not prepared for.
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