"pitted" the security forces in a race

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Irelia20150604

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The quotation comes from France charges woman arrested over foiled Paris attack - BBC News

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The third woman was identified as Amel S, 39. Her 15-year-old daughter, who had been radicalised, was also taken into custody, the prosecutor said.

The women and their associates had already been under surveillance but the discovery of the gas-filled car near Notre Dame had pitted the security forces in "a race against time" to arrest them, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
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Hi everyone! What does "pitted" here mean?
 
  • suzi br

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    English / England
    It is almost a cliche in news reporting to talk about two sides of something being pitted against each other. Not always in any sort of race, more a battle.
     
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