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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“Pick/take up the gauntlet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick/take%20up%20the%20gauntlet. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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