pick up the gauntlet

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

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take up the gauntlet

If you pick up the gauntlet or take up the gauntlet, you accept a challenge. Note: Gauntlets are long thick gloves which protect your hands, wrists, and forearms. Carlton, a key member of the team, was happy to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by his rival.
See also: gauntlet, pick, up
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the planning department for rejecting this proposal and fellow residents Phil Moffatt (Lib Dem) and Rose Bailey (Lab) for picking up the gauntlet and securing a victory on our behalf.
Picking up the gauntlet, the class of 2003-04 breezed past the goal--last year, 136 students were rated as advanced or proficient on the PSSA so Mr.