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bar pit

noun, Western U.S.

barrow pit

noun, Western U.S.
a roadside borrow pit dug for drainage purposes.
Also called bar pit, bar ditch.
Origin of barrow pit
apparently in reference to the mound of earth dug from the pit (see barrow2); variants with bar perhaps from regional pronunciation of barrow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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