throw down the gauntlet

Definition of throw down the gauntlet

  1. :  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

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

    :  to propel through the air in any manner

    :  pitch

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

    :  an act of throwing dice

    :  the number thrown with a cast of dice

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  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

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

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

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

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

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

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down

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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