France takes on Germany in food battle

  • JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    I almost posted that same reaction. However, when reading the article, it seems that France is actually instigating an action/plan that is referred to as a battle. I don't think it was by mutual agreement, the way "takes on" is often used, like in soccer. "France takes on Germany in the quarter-finals tonight".
     

    JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    Challenge implies that France expects Germany to "respond" somehow. France isn't really challenging/attacking Germany per se, just trying to become number one in a field where Germany is currently number one.
     

    arueng

    Senior Member
    CHINESE
    Thanks, JulianStuart.

    So is there an exact word that can replace "take on" so that I can pin down its meaning?
     

    JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    I don't think so! It's a "journalistic" headline that summarizes, in a way, what France is trying to accomplish but they are not actually doing anything to Germany. They want to accomplish something bigger than Germany accomplishes.
     
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