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]


Nearby words

  1. piston, walter,
  2. pistou,
  3. pisé,
  4. pisé de terre,
  5. pit,
  6. pit boss,
  7. pit bull terrier,
  8. pit dwelling,
  9. pit grave,
  10. pit of stomach

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