pick up the gauntlet

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pick up the gauntlet

To accept or attempt a challenge or invitation, as to fight, argue, or compete. When it comes to civil rights issues, Mary is always eager to pick up the gauntlet. When the heavyweight champion boasted that nobody could beat him, no one expected this newcomer to pick up the gauntlet.
See also: gauntlet, pick, up
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Poulter picked up the gauntlet right from the start.
Jonny Wightman then picked up the gauntlet with the new ball to reduce Hertfordshire to 19-2, the hosts reaching 43 without further loss.
But we have not picked up the gauntlet on physical fitness.
Now that the thermoset guys have picked up the gauntlet thrown down by their thermoplastic competitors, it remains to be seen whether "recyclability" will have any future effect on the selection of automotive body materials.