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Post time 2006-2-3 20:18:13 |Display all floors
The issue is being perceived as one pitting supporters of free speech against those arguing that religious beliefs must be respected. Some also consider it a clash within Europe between secular Europeans and the region's growing Muslim community. But Thursday, Robert Menard, head of the free press watchdog group Reporters Without Borders, called on both sides to calm down.

What's the meaning of "pitting"?





Here's an answer from a foreigner:

set into oppostion/rivalry .

What's the meaning>?, .

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Post time 2006-2-3 22:20:41 |Display all floors
"pitting supporters of free speech against ..."

to pit one group against another:   挑动群众斗群众

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Post time 2006-2-3 22:31:42 |Display all floors
Oh, I see, thanks a lot!
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Post time 2006-2-3 23:17:54 |Display all floors

Here's the origin:-)

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In the old days, for gambling and entertainment purposes, various animals used to be forced to fight each other by throwing them into a pit, a large hole in the ground, together.  For instance, a bear and a lion might be pitted against each other.


Now, I see how useful is it to know how a word evolves.

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Post time 2006-2-4 10:41:09 |Display all floors
Hey! I'm a native english speaker, and I never thought of where that phrase came from!
Thanks!!!

"You learn something new every day."
I am not rich.  :L

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