To throw down the gauntlet

Also found in: Idioms.
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

References in classic literature ?
Micawber has to do, is to throw down the gauntlet to society, and say, in effect, "Show me who will take that up.
During a meeting of the College of Commissioners, on 25 April, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said his institution is ready to throw down the gauntlet to all member states that call for cuts in the EU's long-term budget.
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.
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.