throw down the gauntlet

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EtymologyEdit

From the practice of a medieval knight throwing down his metal glove as a challenge to combat.

VerbEdit

throw down the gauntlet

  1. (idiomatic) To issue a challenge.
    The competing firm threw down the gauntlet by offering a faster product at a lower price.

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Last modified on 11 January 2014, at 18:13