pick/take up the gauntlet

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Definition of pick/take up the gauntlet 

: to show that one is 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 about this problem.

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