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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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But in 1968, the Supreme Court relaxed that standard when it comes to cases challenging the establishment of religion.
An emphasis on helping caregivers understand the causes of challenging behavior in elders.
For example, one student from the 206th NA session said, "The fitness program has been one of the most challenging aspects of the NA.
The severe challenging behaviors exhibited by children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) pose a unique challenge to the educational community (Nelson, 1996).
But I have to say it's pretty unprecedented that people who won are challenging the results.
She considers getting Colgate-Palmolive Company as a client (through AREW, of which she becomes president for the 2000-2001 season) and representing them in the sale of six of their Jersey City properties as her most challenging and high-profile career achievement.
The winner in the contest challenging fans to predict the day and race in which Laffit Pincay set the record turned out to be Ina Sue Shulman, wife of trainer Sandy Shulman.
Clearly, challenging a corporate property assessment can be worthwhile," says Neilson.
Lifecycle management in the era of targeted treatment is becoming increasingly more challenging.
The group's work with landowners, its focus on results, and its ability to collaborate and leverage resources from a diverse set of partners serve as examples for all watershed groups facing challenging water quality problems.
This is a challenging race, and we are confident that the Red Team and KVH's fiber optic gyros are up to the task.