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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Micawber has to do, is to throw down the gauntlet to society, and say, in effect, "Show me who will take that up.
Speculation is that Trump may try to throw down the gauntlet in tonight's 21 ET speech.
KIRSTY WILLIAMS today plans to "throw down the gauntlet to those only obsessed with Tech City in London".

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