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pitch-dark

[pich-dahrk] /ˈpɪtʃˈdɑrk/
adjective
1.
dark or black as pitch:
a pitch-dark night.
Origin of pitch-dark
1820-1830
1820-30
Related forms
pitch-darkness, noun
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  • The yard was pitch-dark, but faint angular tokens here and there told of heaped boxes and lumber.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • He was still sleeping a death-like sleep in the pitch-dark room.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Then he found that all the servants had run away except one, and outside it was pitch-dark.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
  • The room is pitch-dark always, and it is full of tables and tomes.

  • They arrived at Rydiokul while the priest was still singing mass, and it was pitch-dark.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • The place was pitch-dark, but it was evident to me that it was an empty house.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Think of the pitch-dark nights, the roaring winds, and rolling seas:'

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • The night was pitch-dark; and there was no light in the boat.

  • A form was near—what form, the pitch-dark night and my enfeebled vision prevented me from distinguishing.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • It was pitch-dark, and Nat kept close behind, so as not to run into anything.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for pitch-dark

pitch-dark

adjective
1.
extremely or completely dark
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