pit (someone or something) against (someone or something else)

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pit (someone or something) against (someone or something else)

To set someone or something into direct conflict, opposition, or competition against someone or something else. She liked pitting men against each other to vie for her affection. The country has pitted itself against the rest of the world with its plan to develop nuclear weapons.
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pit someone or something against someone or something

to set someone or something in opposition to someone or something. The rules of the tournament pit their team against ours. John pitted Mary against Sally in the tennis match.
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pit against

Set in direct opposition or competition, as in The civil war pitted brother against brother. This idiom alludes to setting fighting cocks or dogs against one another in a pit. [Mid-1700s]
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pit against

v.
To set someone or something in competition with or opposition to someone or something else: The civil war pitted brother against brother. The match will pit the two greatest boxers against each other. The grading system pits one student against another and discourages cooperation.
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When Delilah stumbles on an artifact that may be a clue about the location of the legendary third pillar of Hercules, she and her friend Selim are drawn back to Europe on an Indiana Jones-style archaeological caper that pits her against a ruthless enemy who is murderously intent on preventing Delilah from speaking out against him.
The 25-year-old brunette, who played mouthy Karen McDonald, was snapped in Manchester City Centre while filming the upcoming TV crime drama Vincent, which pits her against movie hardman Ray Winstone.