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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

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And in one swift movement it's like we too are back at school, recalling that feeling in the pit of the stomach when a student unexpectedly gets the upper hand over a teacher and the natural order of things is unbalanced.
We Were Promised Jetpacks In The Pit Of The Stomach ONLY the Edinburgh band's second album but they've stepped up to the plate.
The Echo's wine writer Neil Cammies gives his verdict: UPON hearing the sad news that Ballantynes Wine Merchants was going out of business, there was that awful feeling in the pit of the stomach and a sadness that is felt when you lose an old friend.