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     1. n. One who challenges; especially, one who plays against the current champion of a game or contest in hopes of winning and becoming the new champion.
           The champion hopes to defeat his new challenger in the game to remain undefeated.
           One child stood as king of the hill, and tried to withstand the pushes and shoves of his challengers.

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Nor, when it came to it, was there a challenger
The unsung challenger proved a revelation, however, overcoming a cautious start to punish the champion with his relentless left jab and earn a split decision. 

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