gauntlet

A gauntlet is a glove covered in steel that was worn in suits of armor, but it also means punishment or, when "throwing down the gauntlet," a challenge.

Gauntlet comes from the Old French word for "glove," which was thrown down as a symbol of a challenge. “Running the gauntlet” is an old military form of punishment in which the victim runs between two rows of men wearing armored gloves, who beat him as he passes through the lines. Today, if someone makes you run the gauntlet, they won’t really strike you with armored gloves, but they'll probably make you do something miserable.

Definitions of gauntlet
  1. noun
    a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
    synonyms: gantlet, metal glove
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    type of:
    glove
    handwear: covers the hand and wrist
  2. noun
    a glove with long sleeve
    synonyms: gantlet
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    type of:
    glove
    handwear: covers the hand and wrist
  3. noun
    a call to engage in a contest or fight
    synonyms: challenge
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    dare, daring
    a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy
    confrontation
    a bold challenge
    call-out
    a challenge to a fight or duel
    defiance
    a hostile challenge
    calling into question, demand for explanation
    a challenge to defend what someone has said
    demand for identification
    as by a sentry
    gantlet
    to offer or accept a challenge
    type of:
    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  4. noun
    an offer or acceptance of a challenge
    “threw down the gauntlet
    “took up the gauntlet
    synonyms: gantlet
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    type of:
    challenge
    a call to engage in a contest or fight
  5. noun
    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
    synonyms: gantlet
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    type of:
    corporal punishment
    the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
  6. noun
    a severe or trying experience
    synonyms: ordeal
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    type of:
    experience
    an event as apprehended
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