One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pit someone or something against.‘the case has pitched brother against brother’
- ‘We got a very tough draw, pitching us against both West Germany and Austria.’
- ‘It was a real achievement winning the bronze medal, as the amateurs were pitched against the professionals.’
- ‘A cup draw has pitched the clubs against each other for the first time in eight years and there are fears that the hooligans associated with each side could be organising major confrontations.’
- ‘The draw has also pitched England against joint favorites Argentina in its second game, with the possibility of facing holders France in the next round.’
- ‘It is important that we do everything to avoid a situation which pitches the school against local residents.’
- ‘Many staff were unhappy that the ballot papers asked binmen which union they were attached to, this being seen as an attempt to split the workforce by pitching unionists against non-union members.’
- ‘Between the tenth and the twelfth of February 1355 a riot occurred in Oxford, pitching the townspeople against scholars from the university.’
- ‘The star awards give hospitals extra cash but they have been criticised by doctors and hospital management as pitching different trusts against each other.’
- ‘I think for many fans, this is a dream prospect to see the legendary Championship 1983/84 side pitching their skills against the heroes of the 1993 Wembley play-off winning team.’
- ‘The process of student budget allocation pitches students against students to bid for attention and support.’
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