throw down the gauntlet

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of throw down the gauntlet

:to say or show that one is ready to fight, argue, or compete with someone :to challenge someone
  • The company threw down the gauntlet and told the union that this offer for a contract was final.

Word by Word Definitions

throw play
  1. : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm

  2. : to propel through the air in any manner

  3. : pitch

  1. : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

  2. : an act of throwing dice

  3. : the number thrown with a cast of dice

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

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

  2. : any of various protective gloves used especially in industry

  3. : an open challenge (as to combat)

  1. : a double file of men facing each other and armed with clubs or other weapons with which to strike at an individual who is made to run between them

  2. : a line, series, or assemblage

  3. : a severe trial : ordeal


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