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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contend, play, wrestle, clash, contest, challenge, vie, face, try, spar, battle, fight, handle, confront, grapple, endure, survive, suffer, differ, vary
- piston, walter,
- pisé de terre,
- pit boss,
- pit bull terrier,
- pit dwelling,
- pit grave,
- pit of stomach
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