take up the glove

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In reference to the gauntlet traditionally thrown down and picked up to propose and accept a duel.

Verb[edit]

take up the glove (third-person singular simple present takes up the glove, present participle taking up the glove, simple past took up the glove, past participle taken up the glove)

  1. To accept a challenge or adopt a quarrel.