throw down the gauntlet


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throw down the gauntlet

Fig. to challenge someone to an argument or to (figurative) combat. When Bob chal— lenged my conclusions, he threw down the gauntlet. I was ready for an argument. Frowning at Bob is the same as throwing down the gauntlet. He loves to get into a fight about something.
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throw down the gauntlet

to invite someone to argue, fight, or compete with you A price war could break out in the High Street after a leading supermarket threw down the gauntlet to its competitors.
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throw down the gauntlet

Declare or issue a challenge, as in The senator threw down the gauntlet on the abortion issue. This expression alludes to the medieval practice of a knight throwing down his gauntlet, or metal glove, as a challenge to combat. Its figurative use dates from the second half of the 1700s, as does the less frequently heard take up the gauntlet, for accepting a challenge.
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throw down the gauntlet

Issue a challenge. In the Middle Ages a gauntlet was the glove in a suit of armor. Throwing down his gauntlet was a knight's way to challenge an opponent to combat.
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Most importantly, as a Jew, allow me to be the first to throw down the gauntlet to ``my fellow lonsmen'' by saying how absolutely appalled I was to see a Jewish neighborhood in the Valley use the specter of racism and political correctness purely for NIMBY purposes by blocking the light rail that could have been built for the Valley years ago.
After the kudos, the team members took the podium to thank their teachers and throw down the gauntlet for next year.