put up one's dukes

put up one's dukes
a) An invitation to, or the acceptance or encouragement of, a fistfight, where the "dukes" are the fists of one of the fighters and "put up" means to raise the fists.
b) An invitation to, or the acceptance or encouragement of, a verbal or written argument, or a contest including a sporting competition.
See Also: duke it out

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