pick up the gauntlet

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Verb1.pick up the gauntlet - be dared to do something and attempt it
attempt, essay, try, assay, seek - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
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PSV Eindhoven's 1-0 victory over De Graaf-schap on Saturday had seen them leapfrog Ajax to go top, and the Amsterdam club could not pick up the gauntlet 24 hours laterKlaas-Jan Huntelaar's stoppage-time consolation goal was all that Ajax fans had to cheer after second-half goals for NAC from Matthew Amoah and substitute Ahmed Ammi sealed the win for the visitors who had led through a first-half own goal from Jan Vertonghen.
Over the last century biblical scholars have canceled the quest for the historical Jesus more than once only to have a younger generation pick up the gauntlet anew, and last year a fresh crop of writers and academics once again reached out to find the Jesus of Nazareth who became the Christ of faith.
Cameron would be wise to pick up the gauntlet, unless he has something of his own to hide.