throw down the gauntlet

take up (or throw down) the gauntlet accept (or issue) a challenge. [ORIGIN: from the medieval custom of issuing a challenge by throwing one's gauntlet to the ground; whoever picked it up was deemed to have accepted the challenge.]
Main Entry: gauntlet

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  • throw down the gauntlet — see under ↑gauntlet1 • • • Main Entry: ↑throw * * * throw down the gauntlet phrase to make it clear that you want to argue or fight with someone about something Thesaurus: to arguehyponym arguments and arguing …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw down the gauntlet — {v. phr.} To challenge, especially to a fight. * /Another candidate for the presidency has thrown down the gauntlet./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw down the gauntlet — {v. phr.} To challenge, especially to a fight. * /Another candidate for the presidency has thrown down the gauntlet./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw down the gauntlet — is to issue a challenge to somebody …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • throw down the gauntlet —    Throw down the gauntlet is to issue a challenge to somebody.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Throw down the gauntlet —   Throw down the gauntlet is to issue a challenge to somebody …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • throw down the gauntlet — verb To issue a challenge. The competing firm threw down the gauntlet by offering a faster product at a lower price. See Also: take up the gauntlet …   Wiktionary

  • throw down the gauntlet — challenge someone to a fight or something similar The government threw down the gauntlet to the opposition party to either give an alternative or stop criticizing the government s plans …   Idioms and examples

  • throw\ down\ the\ gauntlet — v. phr. To challenge, especially to a fight. Another candidate for the presidency has thrown down the gauntlet …   Словарь американских идиом

  • throw down the gauntlet — to invite someone to argue, fight, or compete with you. A price war could break out in the High Street after a leading supermarket threw down the gauntlet to its competitors …   New idioms dictionary


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