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.

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“Throw down the gauntlet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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