take up the gauntlet


take up the gauntlet

He doesnt read Greek, but he really took up the gauntlet and did his best to understand the letter, anyway.


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  • take up the gauntlet — Respectively, to give and to accept a challenge ● gauntlet * * * take up (or throw down) the gauntlet accept (or issue) a challenge Origin: from the medieval custom of issuing a challenge by throwing one s gauntlet to the ground; whoever picked… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take up the gauntlet — pick/take up the gauntlet throw down the gauntlet to invite someone to argue, fight, or compete with you. He challenged me to a game of squash last week and I m thinking I might just take up the gauntlet …   New idioms dictionary

  • take up the gauntlet — ► take up (or throw down) the gauntlet accept (or issue) a challenge. [ORIGIN: from the medieval custom of issuing a challenge by throwing one s gauntlet to the ground; whoever picked it up was deemed to have accepted the challenge.] Main Entry:… …   English terms dictionary

  • take up the gauntlet — Accept the challenge …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • take up the gauntlet — idi to accept a challenge to fight …   From formal English to slang

  • To take up the gauntlet — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up the gauntlet — Gauntlet Gaunt let, n. [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. v[ o]ttr, for vantr.] 1. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pick/take up the gauntlet — to show that you are willing and ready to fight, argue, or compete with someone or to do something that is difficult but necessary : to accept or respond to a challenge The time has come for Congress to pick up the gauntlet and do something abou …   Useful english dictionary

  • take up (or throw down) the gauntlet — accept (or issue) a challenge. → gauntlet …   English new terms dictionary

  • The Gauntlet (module) — ] is an adventure module for the Dungeons Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, set in the game s World of Greyhawk campaign setting. The 32 page book bears the code UK3 and was published by TSR, Inc. in 1984 for the first edition Advanced Dungeons… …   Wikipedia