Definition of tar pit in English:

tar pit

Pronunciation /ˈtär ˌpit/ /ˈtɑr ˌpɪt/


  • 1A hollow in which natural tar oozes out of the ground and accumulates, in particular one in which the bones of prehistoric animals trapped in the tar have been preserved.

    • ‘fossil remains of dire wolves are abundant in the La Brea tar pits’
    1. 1.1A complicated or difficult situation or problem.
      • ‘about seven million homeowners continue to be stuck in the tar pit of serious negative equity’