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gaunt·let1 / ˈgôntlit; ˈgänt-/ • n. a stout glove with a long loose wrist. ∎ hist. an armored glove, as worn by a medieval knight. ∎  the part of a glove covering the wrist. PHRASES: take up (or throw down) the gauntlet accept (or issue) a challenge. gaunt·let2 (also gant·let / ˈgantlit; ˈgônt-/ ) • n. (in phrase run the gauntlet) 1. go through an intimidating or dangerous crowd, place, or experience in order to reach a goal: they had to run the gauntlet of television cameras. 2. hist. undergo the military punishment of receiving blows while running between two rows of men with sticks.

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gauntlet2 in phr. run the gauntlet. XVII. alt., by assim. to prec., of †gantlope (XVII–XIX) — Sw. gatlopp, f. gata lane, GATE2 + lopp course (see LEAP); a term introduced through the Thirty Years War.

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gauntlet2 undergo the former military punishment of receiving blows while running between two rows of men with sticks; chiefly in run the gauntlet. The word comes (in the mid 17th century) from an alteration of Swedish gatlopp, from gata ‘lane’ + lopp ‘course’, by association with gauntlet1.

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gauntlet1 metal-plated glove of medieval armour. XV. — (O)F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove :- Gmc. *want-, extant only in ON. vǫttr (:- *wantuz) glove; see -LET.

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gauntlet1 throw down the gauntlet issue a challenge, from the medieval custom of issuing a challenge by throwing one's gauntlet, or armoured glove, to the ground; whoever picked it up (take up the gauntlet) was deemed to have accepted the challenge.

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