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[lists] /lɪsts/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
an enclosed arena for a tilting contest.
2.
the barriers enclosing this arena.
3.
any place or scene of combat, competition, controversy, etc.
Idioms
4.
enter the lists, to involve oneself in a conflict or contest:
to enter the lists against the protective tariff.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English listes, plural of liste list2
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British Dictionary definitions for enter lists

lists

/lɪsts/
plural noun
1.
(history)
  1. the enclosed field of combat at a tournament
  2. the barriers enclosing the field at a tournament
2.
any arena or scene of conflict, controversy, etc
3.
enter the lists, to engage in a conflict, controversy, etc
Word Origin
C14: plural of list² (border, boundary)
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