Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

muster out
release from military service
 
raise
bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
 
take the bull by the horns
face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it
 
check
place into check
 
outfox
outdo someone in trickery
 
play
make bets
 
nose
defeat by a narrow margin
 
run off
decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff
 
get the jump
be there first
 
defend
be on the defensive; act against an attack
 
stand
withstand the force of something
 
poach
hunt illegally
 
submit
yield to the control of another
 
barricade
prevent access to by barricading
 
cover
play a higher card than the one previously played
 
reassail
assail again
 
stalemate
subject to a stalemate
 
retire
cause to get out
 
subject
make accountable for
 
mate
place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
 
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