To throw down the gauntlet


Related to To throw down the gauntlet: pick up the gauntlet, threw down the gauntlet
to offer or send a challenge. The gauntlet or glove was thrown down by the knight challenging, and was taken up by the one who accepted the challenge; - hence the phrases.

See also: Gauntlet

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Woods opened his account with a bogey-free, five-under-par 67 while defending USPGA champion Harrington shot a 68 to throw down the gauntlet to the afternoon wave of starters, including world No 2 Phil Mickelson and 2009 major winners Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover.
Lima followed up his opening-round 67 with another consistent display to throw down the gauntlet to his rivals as the tournament reached its halfway mark in near-perfect conditions at the Nick Faldodesigned par-72 course.
The Australian followed his first-round 65 with a seven-under-par 63 to throw down the gauntlet to his nearest challengers.
COLIN MONTGOMERIE posted a blistering 65 to throw down the gauntlet to local hero Ernie Els ahead of today's final round of the Sun City Challenge.
Most importantly, as a Jew, allow me to be the first to throw down the gauntlet to ``my fellow lonsmen'' by saying how absolutely appalled I was to see a Jewish neighborhood in the Valley use the specter of racism and political correctness purely for NIMBY purposes by blocking the light rail that could have been built for the Valley years ago.
People are waiting for someone who is willing to throw down the gauntlet and say, We've got to take on the powers that be on behalf of the powers that ought to be.