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To throw down the glove


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To throw down the glove to challenge to combat.
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In literature:

Here is what seems to be a gentlemanly, high-spirited, chivalric man, throwing down his glove in the lists for a pure woman.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Prince of Taranto throws down his glove to the enraged Andrea, who replies by a threat to bring him to the executioner.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
Throwing down a glove was regarded as a challenge to combat, and this curious old custom is still retained in the English coronation ceremony.
"The Evolution of Fashion" by Florence Mary Gardiner
The enemy who had baffled him so often had chosen once more to throw down the glove of mocking defiance.
"Lord Tony's Wife" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy