The winners in the various contests of the day would be pitted against
each other until only two remained alive; the victor in the last encounter being set free, whether animal or man.
That one came too close to the ape-man's craft before its occupants realized that their fellows were pitted against
demons instead of men.
Hence there will be a whole pitted against
separate parts of a whole, which means that we shall be many to the enemy's few.
It was strength pitted against
subtlety, and the match was a merry one.
The late king of Prussia was more than once pitted against
his imperial sovereign; and commonly proved an overmatch for him.
He was eighteen, only three years older than you are, Raoul, when I saw him set to work, pitted against
The chances appealed to him--the chances of life and death, with his prowess and his faculties pitted against
those of a worthy antagonist.
They were rapidly disappearing when it occurred to me to follow them, and so, hurling caution to the winds, I sprang across the meadow in their wake with leaps and bounds even more prodigious than their own, for the muscles of an athletic Earth man produce remarkable results when pitted against
the lesser gravity and air pressure of Mars.
But this time he found that he was pitted against
a creature as agile and as quick as himself.
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.