To enter the lists
List List (l[i^]st), n. [F. lice, LL. liciae, pl., from L. licium thread, girdle.] A line inclosing or forming the extremity of a piece of ground, or field of combat; hence, in the plural (lists), the ground or field inclosed for a race or combat. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

In measured lists to toss the weighty lance. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{To enter the lists}, to accept a challenge, or engage in contest. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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