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take on (3)

Meaning: to fight, or compete against, someone or something

Synonym: challenge

For example:

  • take on sb/sth The workers took on the management, and won. They got a pay rise and better conditions.

  • take sb/sth on Manchester United took Chelsea on in the Community Shield match.

Quick Quiz:

Billy wasn't very brave at school. He'd only take on kids who were
  1. bigger than he was
  2. stronger than he was
  3. smaller than he was

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