throw down the gauntlet


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throw down the gauntlet

To issue a challenge to someone; from the medieval practice of knights throwing down a metal gauntlet as a sign that they wished to do single combat.
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I therefore throw down the gauntlet for a campaign for much tougher sentences, with a return of hard labour for crimes against the vulnerable.
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.
You throw down the gauntlet and you're looking for players to take it up and say it's difficult to leave me out.