take up (or throw down) the gauntlet


take up (or throw down) the gauntlet
take up (or throw down) the gauntlet
accept (or issue) a challenge.

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  • 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:… …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • To throw down the gauntlet — Gauntlet Gaunt let, n. [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. v[ o]ttr, for vantr.] 1. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take up the gauntlet — Respectively, to give and to accept a challenge ● 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take up 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:… …   English terms dictionary

  • take up the gauntlet — pick/take up the gauntlet throw down the gauntlet to invite someone to argue, fight, or compete with you. He challenged me to a game of squash last week and I m thinking I might just take up the gauntlet …   New idioms dictionary

  • To take up the gauntlet — Gauntlet Gaunt let, n. [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. v[ o]ttr, for vantr.] 1. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pick up the gauntlet — pick/take up the gauntlet throw down the gauntlet to invite someone to argue, fight, or compete with you. He challenged me to a game of squash last week and I m thinking I might just take up the gauntlet …   New idioms dictionary

  • gauntlet — Ⅰ. gauntlet [1] ► NOUN 1) a stout glove with a long loose wrist. 2) a glove worn as part of medieval armour, made of leather with protective steel plates. ● take up (or throw down) the gauntlet Cf. ↑throw down the gauntlet …   English terms dictionary

  • gauntlet — gauntlet1 noun a stout glove with a long, loose wrist. ↘historical an armoured glove. Phrases take up (or throw down) the gauntlet accept (or issue) a challenge. Origin ME: from OFr. gantelet, dimin. of gant glove , of Gmc origin. gauntlet2 (US… …   English new terms dictionary