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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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Kantos Kan and I were now pitted against each other but as we approached to the encounter I whispered to him to prolong the battle until nearly dark in the hope that we might find some means of escape.
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pitted fresh sweet cherries
For example, when dealing with patient management issues, glass ionomers can be used with primary molars having deeply pitted or fissured surfaces that are difficult to isolate.