What does the word gantlet mean?

Usage examples for gantlet

  1. She was perfectly well aware of the gantlet she must run. – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
  2. We've got to run the gantlet, and the sooner it is done the better. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  3. For the Southern Cross to make the attempt, even provided she ran the gantlet of the barrier reef, was indeed the forlornest of forlorn hopes. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy