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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.
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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.
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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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rise to the challenge

To discover or utilize the strength, determination, or skill necessary to accomplish some difficult task successfully. I know that you're nervous about taking on such a senior role in the company, but I'm totally confident that you'll rise to the challenge. The odds were against them, but the home team rose to the challenge and managed to win the championship.
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take up the challenge

To accept or attempt some particular test, fight, contest, etc., or answer an invitation or call to such. I knew it was going to be really hard doing a master's degree while working full time, but I was ready to take up the challenge. We need someone to manage our entire Pacific Northwest operation. What do you think—are you willing to take up the challenge?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A federal court first tossed the case out, ruling that the Foundation lacks the legal fight to challenge the faith-based offices and their conferences, since these actions were never directly authorized by Congress.
In the event of a tie on Highest, Longest, Most challenges (for example, if two teams have a 20-stair ollie) both teams get the 50 points.
The report shows that part Of the challenge is finding concise, unbiased, relevant information on emerging technologies specific to property management--then determining how.
College students get a taste of the real world, and dairy companies get to mingle with potential new hires and display their wares when the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC) comes to campus.
In this article, I will discuss various challenges to implementing what I have described as a workshop approach to reading instruction.
This is consistent with one broad theme that has defined modern Japanese history--a Japan that adapts constantly to the challenges of its time.
Absent direct, hands-on training in specific and especially designed strategies, staff are left with unapproved, untrained, and/or potentially abusive techniques to stop aggression and other behavioral challenges.
However, some attorneys and activists expect the ACLU or other groups to bring more challenges against cities and counties across the nation unless they remove crosses and other religious symbols on government seals and public property.
If you think a spare or repair part is priced too high, DoD and the Army want you to challenge it.
Petition challenges were filed against 142 of those candidates, including five incumbents.
These graduates and great leaders can serve as a model for the leadership challenges you who sit before us will face in the coming days.
Only a handful of students showed up for the first few Challenges.
Making sure the food needed was on hand, planning time for all the necessary meal preparations, and then making sure the recipes were calculated to serve the correct number created new challenges in this kitchen.
Challenges offer a kids' camp, daily activities and nightly entertainment featuring top name entertainers such as Kenny Lattimore, Angela Bofill, Tommy Davidson and George Wallace.
We disagreed about whether the first state assisted-suicide law would face legal challenges from our opponents.