gauntlet

Part of speech: noun

A punishment wherein the victim ran between two rows of men who struck him with clubs as he passed.

Part of speech: noun

A knight's leather glove covered with metal plates; a glove with long wristlet; also, the wristlet.

Part of speech: noun

Same as GANTLET.

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Usage examples "gauntlet":

  1. " Now 'tis my turn," said his antagonist coolly, casting aside his gauntlet. - "Robin Hood", J. Walker McSpadden.
  2. That which at nothing the gauntlet has hurled, This, what's its name? - "Faust", Goethe.
  3. My friendship for Mr. Madison, my confidence in his wisdom and virtue, and my approbation of all his measures, and especially of his taking up at length the gauntlet against England, is known to all with whom I have ever conversed or corresponded on these measures. - "Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson", Thomas Jefferson.