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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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Smells are collected through the arm pit and she has used her own and those of friends for her exhibition.
Wesley Crown is a 5-foot-6, 135-pound left-handed pitcher who barely reaches the arm pit of his towering Kennedy High School teammate, 6-5 Jon Garland.
Unlike other treatments, this technique not only addresses the upper arm excess but it also cleans up the arm pit tissues as well as placing the scar in a desirable location.
Within seconds my crisp white shirt has stuck to my body like a damp shower curtain and I have concentric Arm pit sweat rings reminiscent of a 70s maths teacher.
The lesion was chemically frozen off at Colwyn Bay's Rysseldene Surgery but despite repeat appointments at the surgery where he complained of pea-sized lumps and pain in his arm pit and shoulder over a three-year period, he was not diagnosed with malignant melanoma until August 2011.
On Friday, Spanish radio channel&nbsp;<em>Cadena Ser</em>&nbsp;reported that one of Mourinho's bodyguards at the airport was injured with a 4cm stab wound near his arm pit last Saturday.
Ex-soldier Richard Williams, 44, is accused of stabbing his wife Lorraine, who bled to death at their Abercwmboi home on the evening of Friday, April 3, from a knife wound under her arm pit.
Mr Cargill was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd where he was found to have two lacerations half an inch long to the area of the arm pit.
Police had been called to Wilburn Street in Anfield after Adrian Brooker allegedly shouted threats to a 17-year-old girl neighbour and was seen to put a knife under his arm pit.