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Gantlet   /gˈɔntlət/   Listen

To offer or accept a challenge.  Synonym: gauntlet.  "Took up the gauntlet"
A glove of armored leather; protects the hand.  Synonyms: gauntlet, metal glove.
A glove with long sleeve.  Synonym: gauntlet.
The convergence of two parallel railroad tracks in a narrow place; the inner rails cross and run parallel and then diverge so a train remains on its own tracks at all times.
A form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim.  Synonym: gauntlet.

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"Gantlet" Quotes from Famous Books

... and launched; and, trusting their lives on board these frail vessels, they descended the Mississippi, running the gantlet between hostile tribes, who fiercely attacked them. Reaching the Gulf, though not without the loss of eleven of their number, they made sail for the Spanish settlement on the river Panuco, where they arrived safely, and where ...
— Pioneers Of France In The New World • Francis Parkman, Jr.

... promised the people along the route that as soon as it was finished they could sell their horses to tow the boats, their grain and fodder to feed the horses, and their provisions for the passengers. On reflection he thought that if he took all that away from them he would have to run the gantlet again, and he could not afford to do that. There never was anything done with the plan until a few years ago, when Mr. Welch, president of the Camden and Amboy Railroad and Canal, invented exactly the same thing and put it in practice on his locks on the canal. He found it saved half the time ...
— Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879 • Various

... vested in a President elected in a manner not employed in the choice of either branch of the legislature, serving for four years, and subject to removal only by the difficult process of impeachment. After a law had run the gantlet of both houses and the executive, it was subject to interpretation and annulment by the judiciary, appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate and serving for life. Thus it was made almost impossible for any political party to get possession ...
— History of the United States • Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

... couple of months the trains on the Union Pacific, in Nebraska and Wyoming, have been running the gantlet between bands of train robbers. If a train missed being robbed at one place, it was almost sure to get it at another, especially if it ...
— Ted Strong's Motor Car • Edward C. Taylor

... which, the ladies were of course doubly anxious to be landed. But our stern commander, for we were on a government boat, would not listen to their prayers, but carried us instead on board the "Pensacola," a sloop-of-war which was now lying in the river, ready to go to sea, and ready also to run the gantlet of the rebel batteries which lined the Virginian shore of the river for many miles down below Alexandria and Mount Vernon. A sloop-of-war in these days means a large man-of-war, the guns of which are so big that they only stand on one deck, whereas a frigate would have ...
— Volume 2 • Anthony Trollope

Words linked to "Gantlet" :   glove, cataphract, railway, challenge, suit of armour, railroad track, corporal punishment, body armour, railroad, body armor, coat of mail, suit of armor

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