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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Arm-pit the pit or hollow under the shoulder
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S.; cog. with L. armus, the shoulder-joint, Gr. harmos, a joint.


In literature:

The first was barely a foot high, but the second was almost up to their arm-pits.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
Worst of all, he carried a gun with the lock sheltered under his arm-pit from the rain.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
He had drawn his iron ram-rod which rested under his right arm pit, supporting that side.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
It lives mostly on the scalp and under the arm pits, but is frequently found on the other parts of the body.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Harry flung his arm under Roger's arm-pits and raised him to his feet.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
We saw the bust of a man buried to his arm-pits in the floor.
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
The negro carried the body by an arm and leg, and threw it into the pit with a savage indifference such as I had never seen.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
With his coat on his arm he hastened from the pit.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Missing my neck, he caught me round the body just under the arm-pits, but leaving my arms free.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Juve took the corpse under the arm-pits and raised it gently, wishing to examine it closely, but anxious, also, not to alter its position.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
If arm, put baseball in arm pit, and press arm against this.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
A moment later he landed lightly on the sandy floor of the pit, and Joan was in his arms.
"Devil Crystals of Arret" by Hal K. Wells
Maybe he would have kissed my arm, though, from wrist to pit.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Her chemise had slipped from her shoulders showing big white breasts, and the black thicket of hair in one arm-pit.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
Something rose out of the pits and beckoned with waving gauzy garments, and tried to hold fast with moist arms.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig
Even as he whirled to try and reach the control cabin in time, a steel arm shot out from the pit uncovered by the raised hatch.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
Deep trenches at the other end of the dugout led to the gun pits, where this new arm of the service operated at ranges of two miles.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
But the prince drew the dagger of Timus and thrust it upwards through the giant's arm-pit, for its full length.
"The Brown Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
He was short, stout, and badly pitted with the small-pox, and held a portfolio under his arm.
"The Conscript" by Émile Erckmann
I sensed a mass under his left arm pit.
"The Double Spy" by Dan T. Moore

In poetry:

For in he leap'd, to save the young,
That seem'd to suffer harm;
And swiftly from the pit he sprung,
The cub beneath his arm.
"The Panther" by William Hayley
Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.
"Mother’s Evening Prayer" by Mary Baker Eddy

In news:

The Spanish Civil War pitted the well-equipped and well-trained nationalist armed forces, led by Franco, against the poorly armed and trained troops of the elected Republican Government.
A 60-year-old Wyoming man was going into surgery this afternoon after two pit bulls attacked him Tuesday evening as he took the garbage out, leaving him with broken arms and numerous bite wounds.
A Utica woman has been arrested, police say, after she sliced a man in the arm pit with a box cutter .
Pounds accused the victim of stealing her free government-issued cell phone before taking a box cutter to his arm pit area.
All three works reflected on war, either armed combat or other conflicts which pit us against one another or even against ourselves.
Buying the game of golf equipment could possibly R11 Driver be like dumping bucks in to a bucks pit, but armed with some information you can save time and R11 Driver in selecting the right clubs for yourself.
After wrapping rattlesnakes around their arms, leisurely walking around in the snake pit, and laying on the floor with a couple snakes on top of them, one of them did something I was not prepared for.
An ancient arms race on the ocean's bottom pits shell crushers, such as blue crabs, against shell builders, such as clams and oysters.