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take the field

To enter onto a playing field in order to begin some event. Everyone rose to their feet as the home team took the field. The band took the field to perform their halftime show.
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take the field

Enter a competition, as in The country's best spellers took the field in the national spelling bee. This term originated around 1600 when it meant "to open a military campaign." The field here is the field of battle. The term has been used figuratively almost as long, the first recorded use being in 1614.
See also: field, take

take the field

To begin or resume activity, as in a sport or military operations.
See also: field, take
References in classic literature ?
To have taken the field openly against his rival would have been madness; for he was not a man to be thwarted in his amours, any more than that stormy lover, Achilles.
Since the game's humble beginnings in the mid-19[non-translatable text] century, Jews have taken the field, called balls and strikes, and called the games.
Shining Strand, owned by The Queen, had taken the field along and pulled 20 lengths clear when ducking out at the last in the home straight with a circuit to go.
For example, in the nine games leading up to the first Test the preferred centre pairing of Fenwick and McGeechan had taken the field only once.
Cirencester continued to take the best chances and with Dave Gee just taken the field making several good runs down the left and from one Justin Millers' header was only just wide.
MICK WORRALL and Kevin Davies returned to action for Ansley 2nds - the first time the veteran pair had taken the field for eight years - but despite some flashes of their old flair they couldn't stave off a five-wicket defeat against Camp Hill Old Eds.