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English definition of “take sb on”

take sb on

(FIGHT) phrasal verb with take     /teɪk/ verb (took, taken)
to compete against or fight someone: The government took on the unions and won.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
(Definition of take sb on (FIGHT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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