take up the gauntlet

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take 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 take up the gauntlet. When the heavyweight champion boasted that nobody could beat him, no one expected this newcomer to take up the gauntlet.
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take up the ˈgauntlet

accept somebody’s invitation to fight or compete: The country needs enormous help to rebuild its economy, and it’s time to take up the gauntlet and do what we can.
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