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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!
See also: challenge, to

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.
See also: challenge, quo, status

pose a challenge

To stand as an obstacle or problem. Well, having a room on the third floor does pose a challenge if you're gonna try to sneak out the window. Your parents will be asleep by then—why not just use the back door? The lack of funding definitely poses a challenge, but we'll just have to keep working on this research as best we can with the money we have.
See also: challenge, pose

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.
See also: challenge, rise, to

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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up to (something)

1. Meeting a certain standard or requirement. Your work just hasn't been up to the standard I expect from students in my AP class.
2. Able or willing to do or deal with something. I'm not really up to going to the mall—I think I need a nap instead. I doubt she's up to a visit so soon after her surgery. I'm warning you, this is an intense industry. Are you up to the challenge?
3. Scheming something or engaging in mischievous behavior. I think those two are up to something—they've been acting squirrelly all morning.
4. Having reached a particular point or level. I'm only up to the second chapter, but I like the book so far. The water is up to the basement steps now, so we need to do something!
5. A maximum of (something). You have up to a month to complete these assignments. If you submit them after that, they'll be marked late. It will likely take up to a week for the repairs to be completed.
6. Doing something; occupied or engaged with something. What have you been up to since school ended? Are you up to anything tonight? Do you want to catch a movie?
See also: to, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: challenge, to

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.
See also: challenge, rise, to

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.
See also: challenge, take, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: challenge, occasion, rise, to
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This means that the failure to provide respite is potentially challengeable. You should try to clarify the reasons why respite is not being provided.
Irregardless of the various procedures due to be taken by the ruling party to cover the potential electoral violations, the results of its procedures will be easily challengeable since they are based on individual and moody decisions in which the opposition was not involved.
David Bull, the council's assistant director of development strategy, described the Nathaniel Lichfield study as a challengeable piece of work based on figures produced by the National Housing and Planning Advisory Unit which "lacked evidence".
"The issue of whether the competent United States court applied the Act of State doctrine or not is irrelevant in the light of the concept of challengeable act for the purposes of Article 230 EC." [* 73].
However, even when we neglect these facts and accept the basic CTL model (whose assumption of a decline of the growth rate by 2 percentage points far exceeds the estimates of the studies quoted by Atkinson), we are left with challengeable considerations.
John, who has been married to Elsie, 84, for 64 years, said: "All statistics are challengeable! We never think of age.'
It also creates another legally challengeable decision.
However, these assumptions have become challengeable by the modified understandings of "individuals" and their minds that have arrived with the maturation of these "fragile sciences."
Sir Ian himself said: "I think the facts in Da Vinci Code may well be challengeable, but maybe the truths are not.
Pena says that the F-15 Eagle is not challengeable by any potential adversary.
As we see the struggles of people all over the world to live together, even those who have occupied the same country for a thousand years, we can rejoice in our ability to leverage our difference to create a new society where freedom exists, where everything is challenged and challengeable, where we can be an independent and diverse community.
Any national or local policy of a WTO or NAFTA signatory nation that falls outside WTO or NAFTA's terms--even if it has nothing to do with trade per se--is challengeable as an "illegal trade barrier" before a WTO or NAFTA tribunal.
We need the capacity to continually map the election terrain within states, identify open and challengeable seats in local as well as state office, and develop credible long-range plans for targeting them to the point of gaining core legislative and executive power.
Overall, her presentation is helpful, the conclusion challengeable.
It appeared that the cognoscenti had been dealing in factual errors and value judgments that were eminently challengeable and had been advancing sectional interests, via special pleading and wishful thinking, together with a liberal deployment of arguments ad hominem and ignoratio elenchi, and common or garden non sequiturs.