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challenge the status quo

To behave or do something in a way contrary to that which is generally accepted or expected. I love this filmmaker, his movies really challenge the status quo! It can be risky, but challenging the status quo can be a great way to get ahead in business.
See also: challenge, quo, status

challenge (one) on (something)

To question one, perhaps aggressively, on a particular issue, statement, or viewpoint. I had to challenge him on that remark about sales because the budget report did not support it at all. That is a positively absurd statement, and I'm glad someone challenged her on it. Challenging someone on their political beliefs the first time you meet them is usually not the best idea.
See also: challenge, on

challenge (someone) to (something)

To dare or provoke one to participate in something, such as a competition. I ushered Bob out the door as soon as that obnoxious guy challenged him to a fight. Jenna is really good at basketball, so don't challenge her to a game unless you're OK with losing!
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challenge someone on something

to dispute someone's statement, remarks, or position. I think Fred is wrong, but I won't challenge him on his estimate.
See also: challenge, on

challenge someone to something

to dare someone to do something; to invite someone to compete at something. I challenge you to a round of golf. Jerry challenged us to a debate of the issues.
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rise to the challenge

Fig. to accept a challenge. (Usually in reference to success with the challenge.) You can depend on Kelly to rise to the challenge. We were not able to rise to the challenge and we lost the contract.
See also: challenge, rise

take up the challenge

to respond to a challenge and do what the challenge asks. I am not prepared to take the challenge up. Dave took up the challenge without much urging.
See also: challenge, take, up

rise to the ocˈcasion/ˈchallenge

do something successfully in a difficult situation, emergency, etc: When the lead singer became ill, Cathy had to take her place. Everyone thought she rose to the occasion magnificently.This company must be prepared to rise to the challenge of a rapidly changing market.
See also: challenge, occasion, rise
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KEITH Rothwell (Mailbag, January 29) is quite correct to draw attention to the dubious behaviour of our politicians who have almost to a man and woman unquestioningly adopted the challengeable science associated with the global warming issue.
According to one manager, "Confucian-style thinking stresses utmost respect for one's elders and superiors at all times, and because of this mindset, it is difficult for subordinates to see their superiors as approachable or challengeable.
The WTO's Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM Agreement) requires that a challengeable subsidy (27) and the requisite causation (28) exist before Members may launch CVDs against another Member.
Because they are not natural, they are both challengeable and changeable (Cammarota and Fine, 2008).
Moreover, the judiciary spends only a fraction of the money that the executive and legislative branches spend, and the vast majority of its spending is on activities that are not in any way conceivably challengeable under the Establishment Clause.
But he was told by another angry points holder: "Everything you say is challengeable but we do not have the chance to challenge it.
Malakand division will be governed by the government of Pakistan under the constitution of the country, but the decision of Islamic courts will be final and not challengeable in any other court.
This means that the failure to provide respite is potentially challengeable.
As Spolsky (1997) stated, "we must make sure that gatekeeping processes remain under responsible and challengeable human control and not be relegated to the automatic and conscienceless power of mechanical self-propelling tests" (p.
Irregardless of the various procedures due to be taken by the ruling party to cover the potential electoral violations, the results of its procedures will be easily challengeable since they are based on individual and moody decisions in which the opposition was not involved.
David Bull, the council's assistant director of development strategy, described the Nathaniel Lichfield study as a challengeable piece of work based on figures produced by the National Housing and Planning Advisory Unit which "lacked evidence".
Any hurdle in the working of the commission is challengeable under the treaty, the guarantor of which is the World Bank.
For that reason, and because we are persuaded that weighting each category equally is fair, and not challengeable on theoretical or epistemological grounds, the ultimate ranking scores that we present are not weighted to favour any category over any other.
They provide ample examples of the type of prejudice and workplace discrimination faced by employees with family responsibilities, but also suggest that there has been a shift in what is perceived as unacceptable, and, perhaps more importantly, legally challengeable behavior by employers.
All of these are intact and not challenged, nor are they challengeable.