Definition of take up (or throw down) the gauntlet in US English:

take up (or throw down) the gauntlet


  • Accept (or issue) a challenge.

    • ‘In the February issue, we threw down the gauntlet: Make this the year you cut your handicap in half.’
    • ‘Forty-two golfers picked up the gauntlet and took on the course, many without caddies, as the club had chosen to give them a holiday for the occasion!’
    • ‘When bills to establish the National Science Foundation died in Congress, or were vetoed by President Truman over issues concerning control of the foundation, the Navy took up the gauntlet.’
    • ‘The duty of the champion was to present himself in full armour on horseback at the coronation banquet in Westminster Hall, to throw down the gauntlet, and challenge anyone who denied the king's title.’
    • ‘He also throws down the gauntlet to those cynics and critics of the council and the way councillors do their business.’
    • ‘Now after an absence of 16 years, if not a gauntlet, then a golfing glove has been thrown down for the competition to re-open.’
    • ‘The game also lets you take up the gauntlet of 14 challenges such as trying to win promotion, or avoiding relegation in six weeks, so not to tie you down to a long season if you don't have time.’
    • ‘Others took up the gauntlet and worked and a proud club has even greater reason now to be proud.’
    • ‘He then throws down the gauntlet by challenging educational reformers to come up with suitable new methods of teaching morality.’
    • ‘We should throw down the gauntlet and challenge this absurd perception.’
    challenge, dare
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