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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.
1. verb In auto racing, to leave the race and enter the "pit," an area where cars may be refueled or repaired. It looked like she would win the race, but a fuel leak forced her to pit in on the final lap.
2. noun In auto racing, the action of leaving the race and entering the pit. Sometimes hyphenated. The average tire change in NASCAR, from pit in to pit out, is about 11.5 seconds.
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1. verb To remove the pit from a piece of fruit. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pit" and "out." I spent nearly an hour pitting out cherries for my grandmother's cherry pie.
2. verb To show sweat patches through one's shirt or top under the arms. The comedian started pitting out almost immediately under the hot lights of the stage.
3. verb To cause a shirt or top to become soaked or stained with sweat beneath the arms. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pit" and "out." It was so hot that she had pitted out her shirt before she was even halfway done mowing the grass. Why would I need to change my shirt every day if they don't smell and I haven't pitted them out?
4. verb In auto racing, to lose one's position by entering the "pit," an area where cars may be refueled or repairs. Usually followed by "of." The driver pitted out of the lead with a burst tire, only making it back to sixth during the next and final lap.
5. verb In auto racing, to leave the pit and return to the race. By the time she finally pitted out, the driver had dropped from first place to eighth.
6. noun In auto racing, the action of leaving the pit and returning to the race. Sometimes hyphenated. The average tire change in NASCAR, from pit in to pit out, is about 11.5 seconds.
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