- IPA[ˈsnāk ˌpit]
- a pit containing poisonous snakes.；a scene of vicious behavior or ruthless competition
noun: snakepit, plural noun: snakepits
- 1. a pit containing poisonous snakes.
- ▪ a scene of vicious behavior or ruthless competition the literary snake pits of New York
- ▪ a place of overcrowded squalor, especially a poorly run mental hospital the clinic opened in 1949, when most drug and alcohol sanitariums were still snake pits