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From Middle English sandpitte, sandpette, sandpütte, from Old English sandpytt (sandpit), equivalent to sand +‎ pit.



sandpit (plural sandpits)

  1. A place or pit from which sand is excavated.
  2. A children’s play area consisting of a large container filled with sand.
    Synonym: sandbox
  3. (television) A small-scale illustrative model of the theater of war in the Middle East.
    • 1991, British Broadcasting Corporation, The Annual Report & Accounts
      Originally designed to illustrate Kuwait and the oil pipelines, the 'sandpit', based on maps and photographs to a scale of 1:1,000,000, was extended to include other countries.
    • 1992, Richard Hamilton, ‎Simon Wilson, Richard Hamilton: 17 June - 6 September 1992, Tate Gallery
      [] the commentaries on the battle given by Peter Snow with the aid of a model of the theatre of war, known as the 'Sandpit'.
    • 2005, Robert Fisk, The Great War for civilisation: the conquest of the Middle East
      [] a conflict that did not fit so easily into the television studios, with their super-patriotic anchormen, their verbose ex-generals, their model tanks and their bloodless sandpits.