gauntlet

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throw down the gauntlet

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to offer or accept a challenge

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a glove with long sleeve

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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

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The Lady Mary Loring slipped her hand from her yellow leather gauntlet, and he, lifting it with dainty reverence, bound it to the front of his velvet cap.
To run the gauntlet of their faces in Cornhill is enough to discourage a thoughtful man for hours.
Now 'tis my turn," said his antagonist coolly, casting aside his gauntlet.
Between these walls the little Martians scampered, wild as deer; being permitted to run the full length of the aisle, where they were captured one at a time by the women and older children; the last in the line capturing the first little one to reach the end of the gauntlet, her opposite in the line capturing the second, and so on until all the little fellows had left the enclosure and been appropriated by some youth or female.
It certainly was a slight armament with which to run the gauntlet through countries swarming with hostile hordes, and a slight bark to navigate these endless rivers, tossing and pitching down rapids, running on snags and bumping on sand-bars; such, however, are the cockle-shells with which these hardy rovers of the wilderness will attempt the wildest streams; and it is surprising what rough shocks and thumps these boats will endure, and what vicissitudes they will live through.
Some lost heart, and proposed to return, rather than fight their way, and, in a manner, run the gauntlet through the country of these piratical marauders.
A bit of her naked arm is visible between the buff leather of the gauntlet and the sleeve of her gown; and as the day wears on its feminine smoothness becomes scarified by the stubble, and bleeds.
They have also that other misery of packing and unpacking trunks--of running the distressing gauntlet of custom-houses--of the anxieties attendant upon getting a mass of baggage from point to point on land in safety.
Finally the question recurred, but flung now like a challenging gauntlet in the lists: Why not order today?
Then for three days separate portions of the French army- first Murat's (the vice-king's), then Davout's, and then Ney's- ran, as it were, the gauntlet of the Russian army.
Faith, madam, I believe you would have been kinder to wait and let him run the gauntlet at Pilkington's.
It was the courageous move of a leader who had taken up the gauntlet thrown down by his opponent.
Drawing off his gauntlet he advanced close to De Vac.
By one speaker it was proposed that he be disembowelled, by another that he be made to run the gauntlet.
It was as if he had struck him on the side of the head with a steel gauntlet.