throw down

If you throw down a challenge to someone, you do something new or unexpected in a bold or forceful manner that will probably cause them to reply or react equally strongly.

[V P n (not pron)] The regional parliament threw down a new challenge to the central authorities by passing a law allowing private ownership of businesses...

[V-ed P] Government ministers have been responding to the challenge thrown down by their former colleague.

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  • throw down — verb a) to cause something one is holding to drop, often forcefully. The soldiers threw down their weapons and surrendered. b) to produce or perform (something) admirably or forcefully. ...this guide tracks the artists and recordings that throw… …   Wiktionary

  • throw down — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English throwen doun, from throwen to throw + doun down 1. : to cause to fall : overthrow if a tree is thrown down in a storm J.G.Frazer 2. : precipitate …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Throw Down — Infobox Film name = Throw Down caption = director = Johnnie To writer = Yau Nai Hoi Au Kin Yee Yip Tin Shing starring = Louis Koo Aaron Kwok Cherrie In producer = Stephen Lam Johnnie To Presented by Charles Heung Yang Ying Administrative Producer …   Wikipedia

  • throw down —    obsolete to copulate with    The common violent imagery, or the Bard s wordplay:    And better would it fit Achilles much    To throw down Hector than Polyxena. (Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida)    Today a male may in vulgar speech throw a… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • throw-down — noun a) A fight or brawl; or, a challenge or incitement to fight. [<span style= font variant:small caps >speaking to his daughter</span>]: Don’t think you’re getting away with the staying out all night thing. [<span style= font… …   Wiktionary

  • Throw-Down — To write or speak. Let me Throw Down this speech, and we ll go …   Dictionary of american slang

  • throw down — Synonyms and related words: beat down, blow down, blow over, bowl down, bowl over, break down, bring, bring down, bulldog, bulldoze, burn down, cast down, chop down, cut down, dash down, deck, down, drop, fell, fetch down, flatten, floor, ground …   Moby Thesaurus

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