pit stop

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s NASCAR team executes a pitstop

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Literally, a stop at the pit of an automobile race track.



pit stop (plural pit stops)

  1. (motor racing) A stop made during an automobile race at the pit to refuel and perform other periodic maintenance on the vehicle.
  2. A brief stop for fuel, rest and/or refreshment during an automobile journey.
  3. A stop during any pedestrian or automobile travel for any utilitarian personal purpose, especially use of a bathroom.
  4. A place that offers food, beverages, and other goods and services for those stopping on an automobile journey.
  5. A utilitarian stop on a figurative journey.


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