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[ash-pit] /ˈæʃˌpɪt/
a receptacle in the bottom of a fireplace, under a barbecue, or the like, for the accumulation of ashes.
Origin of ashpit
1790-1800; ash1 + pit1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There will be a damper in the hearth to let the ashes down into the ash-pit.

  • "Nobody makes a window into an ash-pit," said the voice, rather sadly.

  • The outlet of the injector-pipe opens into the ash-pit, and this injector constantly supplies a mixture of steam and air.

  • The furnace is formed in three pieces; a dome, a body, and an ash-pit.

  • In this case a set of valves or dampers permits the disconnection of the fan or its connection with the ash-pit.

  • "The ash-pit and the fowl-houses," replied Bill, picking up his reins.

    Mount Music E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • This arrangement has the merit of allowing only finely divided and completely burnt ashes to pass to the ash-pit.

  • To rake over the contents of an ash-pit, is not to study geology.

    Mary Marston George MacDonald
  • Outside, by an ash-pit, he found a bucket and half-buried shovel.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • She could not rest until she had thoroughly cleaned; so she went down to the ash-pit with her dustpan.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence

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