pit against


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He was very angry; but as only direct necessity had ever led him to close in mortal combat with a lion, knowing as he did that he had only luck and agility to pit against the frightful odds of muscle, weight, fangs, and talons, he did not now even consider descending and engaging in so unequal and useless a duel for the mere reward of a little added creature comfort.
Former world tennis number one Boris Becker will visit Bulgaria to participate in the closing stage of the Zagorka Tennis Cup, a competition that will pit against each other pairs made up of one professional player and one amateur.
In Flourishing Sideline Occupations, 1978, one fabric scrap is pit against another.