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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: challenge, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"We hear you, Lord of the Axe," answered one of the councillors, "but first, O Unconquered, you must on this day of the year, according to ancient custom, give public challenge to any man to fight you for the Groan-Maker and for your place as chief of the People of the Axe."
But apart from that, a challenge to fight would be an act hardly honest on my side.
Summary: The Crown Prince of Dubai also issued the challenge to the Chairman of Emirates Airline.
Starting with Bipasha Basu, who took up the challenge to storm herself with a bucket full of ice water to support the unique campaign promoted by ALS Association, this challenge is being taken up by many Indian celebrities including tennis star Sania Mirza and singer Daler Mehndi.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Satya Nadella though have issued an unlikely challenge to their compatriots from Netflix, Microsoft, Amazon, Google.
"The Challenge App is taking the Body by Vi[TM] 90-Day Challenge to a whole new level," says Blake Mallen, ViSalus Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer.
She also completed the Computer Challenge to design a poster and saved up her spare change for the Collecting Box Challenge.
The challenge to departments at the federal level was broader and more ambitious.
As DAU's experience with PSWs has grown, the common challenge to emerge has been structuring the PSW to accomplish program needs.
* Only one person from the team is required to complete a trick or challenge to earn the points (unless the challenge specifically says "everyone.")
According to the report, the growing challenge to property management is to consistently demonstrate the worth of the value-added services provided to clients or risk having a competitor step in and offer the same service at a lower price or present a higher value proposition.
The challenge to the church that would embody the just war tradition as a form of Christian discipleship in the midst of terror is otherwise and surfaces not in response to some changed context but as part of the perennial challenge to inhabit the virtues that constitute the Christian life.
While DaimlerChrysler conceded that the recognized standing of municipal taxpayers to sue local jurisdictions over tax matters existed in the case, it contended that such standing did not carry over to create standing to challenge to the state's tax credit.
The SDDC team at Beaumont was supported by the Port Support Activity along with P & O Ports in their challenge to discharge deadlined equipment off the vessel and load the same equipment onto railcars or truck beds.
(16) It also could be that coordinating one's music playing with others--without a conductor--is likely to pose a substantial challenge to play and listen mindfully regardless of proficiency level, especially when one is sight reading new material or participating in a temporary group.
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