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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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References in classic literature ?
During the day I was pitted against first men and then beasts, but as I was armed with a long-sword and always outclassed my adversary in agility and generally in strength as well, it proved but child's play to me.
Kantos Kan had fought several times during the day and like myself had always proven victorious, but occasionally by the smallest of margins, especially when pitted against the green warriors.
Kantos Kan and I were now pitted against each other but as we approached to the encounter I whispered to him to prolong the battle until nearly dark in the hope that we might find some means of escape.
Kaviri battled bravely against his antagonist, for he felt that death had already claimed him, and so the least that he could do would be to sell his life as dearly as possible; but it was soon evident that his best was quite futile when pitted against the superhuman brawn and agility of the creature that at last found his throat and bent him back into the bottom of the canoe.
My brain and will and endurance were pitted against theirs, and the problem was which could stand the strain of imminent death the longer and not give in.
And all the men of the same rank were pitted against each other; the accounts of each were kept separately, and every man lived in terror of losing his job, if another made a better record than he.
As for the bargain, it was wrinkled slyness and craft pitted against native truth and sagacity.
That will again see him pitted against the likes of Hackett and American Larsen Jensen.
Aided by legal associate Aaron Mosely (DB Woodside), Wyler manoeuvres slowly through the legal minefield, pitted against tenacious prosecutor Miriam Grasso (Barbara Bosson) in all 18 episodes of Steven Bochco's award-winning legal drama.
``It's a shame that colleges are pitted against one another.''
BERK THE JERK is likely to be pitted against Johannesburg when he has his first outing for Paul D'Arcy in the Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday week.
Such direct play of flatness and depth runs the risk of metaphorical portentousness, suggesting self-conscious comment about painting as a historical phenomenon--the materiality of the allover abstract surface pitted against the illusion of animated pixellation and baroque fantasy.
In the ballet's central, most electrifying scene, the Poet appears as a bullfighter, arrogant in his beauty, pitted against a ponderous Bull.
"The minority community has been pitted against each other down here over this issue.
Summary: Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Jan 6 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate was elected the unopposed president of the municipal council of Madhya Pradesh's Sendhwa as no contender was pitted against her in the civic body polls, on Saturday.