To throw down the gauntlet

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To throw down the gauntlet to offer or send a challenge. The gauntlet or glove was thrown down by the knight challenging, and was taken up by the one who accepted the challenge; -- hence the phrases.
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Quotations

  • Robert Green Ingersoll
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    “When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death -- that is heroism.”

Usage

In literature:

Did not the thirteen colonies throw down the gauntlet to England for less cause?
"Court Life in China" by Isaac Taylor Headland
Throws down the gauntlet, so to speak.
"The Sky Pilot" by Ralph Connor
It throws down the gauntlet where once it used to cower in its fastnesses.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
In his "Lord God, Hear My Prayer," Bartlett throws down the gauntlet to the Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria," with results rather disastrous.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
It was perhaps premature to throw down the gauntlet at sixteen, but her inexperience and isolation were complete.
"Famous Women: George Sand" by Bertha Thomas
This was literally throwing down the gauntlet to Gilcrest, and the discussion waxed hot and stormy.
"Crestlands" by Mary Addams Bayne
But you didn't come here merely to throw down the gauntlet, Mr.
"The Case and Exceptions" by Frederick Trevor Hill
I represented to him that it was not his right to throw down the gauntlet for the Countess Angela.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
It is throwing down the gauntlet to a set of men maddened by a belief in their wrongs.
"The Parson O' Dumford" by George Manville Fenn
Emily no sooner felt sure of Oswald's affections than she thought she could throw down the gauntlet to the whole world.
"Through Night to Light" by Friedrich Spielhagen
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In news:

Bellotti ready to " throw down the gauntlet" on defense Struggles against play action pass cost the Ducks in both their losses this season.
The halting of aid to Rwanda is "Britain throwing down the gauntlet", writes Foreign Correspondent Jonathan Miller who investigated alleged military interference in Congo for Dispatches on Monday.
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