pick/take up the gauntlet

Definition of pick/take up the gauntlet

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

pickplay
  1. :  to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument

    :  to remove bit by bit

    :  to remove covering or adhering matter from

  1. :  a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument

    :  the act or privilege of choosing or selecting :  choice

    :  the best or choicest one

  1. :  a heavy wooden-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock

    :  toothpick

    :  picklock

  1. :  to throw or thrust with effort :  hurl

    :  to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

  1. :  the act of pitching or throwing

    :  something thrown

    :  a throw of the shuttle

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

gauntletplay
  1. :  a glove worn with medieval armor to protect the hand

    :  any of various protective gloves used especially in industry

    :  a dress glove extending above the wrist

  1. :  a line, series, or assemblage

    :  one that poses some sort of ordeal

    :  a severe trial :  ordeal


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