Run-the-gauntlet



noun, Also, gantlet (for defs 1, 2, 4).
1.
a former punishment, chiefly military, in which the offender was made to run between two rows of men who struck at him with switches or weapons as he passed.
2.
the two rows of men administering this punishment.
3.
an attack from two or all sides.
4.
trying conditions; an ordeal.
5.
gantlet1 (def 1).
verb (used with object)
6.
gantlet1 (def 3).
Idioms
7.
run the gauntlet, to suffer severe criticism or tribulation.
noun
1.
a medieval armoured leather glove
2.
a heavy glove with a long cuff
3.
take up the gauntlet, to accept a challenge
4.
throw down the gauntlet, to offer a challenge
noun
1.
a punishment in which the victim is forced to run between two rows of men who strike at him as he passes: formerly a military punishment
2.
run the gauntlet

to suffer this punishment
to endure an onslaught or ordeal, as of criticism

3.
a testing ordeal; trial
4.
a variant spelling of gantlet1 (sense 1)

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