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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"I was thinking that you know, the world kind of pits us against each other in this profession and I know that from all the women in this category, and I think I can speak for all the women in this room, we celebrate each other."
Taking part in the Tri-Series pits us against very worthy opponents and gives us the chance to play in the sorts of challenging matches that we only experience when we reach the advanced stages of our league competition.
"It pits us against a team that is going really well in League One, although it is not a League One club - with the stadium and the tradition the club has, it's a lot higher than that.
SIR - Once again the politicians have decided that the best way to avoid us noticing their shortfalls is to present us with a system that pits us against each other.
Daley, who works with McCarthy to ensure the players are in peak physical condition, also revealed that Wolves had not got promoted without months of hard work saying: "We haven't got here by chance." The 41-year-old said: "Promotion is fantastic for everyone and for me it is great because it pits us against my old club Villa next season.
"The game at Guisborough on Sunday is one everyone is looking forward to as it pits us against one of the top teams in the NYSD League ( the last time we met in this competition we lost by one run in a 20-over affair so we will be keen to reverse that result."
SAINTS' game at Huddersfield on Sunday pits us against a former member of our coaching staff, Jon Sharp.
It makes it more difficult for us to encourage the moderate Arabs, and it increasingly pits us against all of Islam.
'The schedule then pits us against Andorra, Azerbaijan and Malta so in theory it starts hard and gets easier as the first phase progresses.'
In Haiti, Chile, and the Philippines, he seems to have discovered that it serves American interests to support democracy and human rights even when this pits us against a "friendly' dictator under attack from the left.
"Tomorrow pits us against a Rossendale team struggling near the foot of the UniBond League's First Division and most people will have us down as favourites to win.