To run the gantlet
Gantlet Gant"let, n. [Gantlet is corrupted fr. gantlope; gantlope is for gatelope, Sw. gatlopp, orig., a running down a lane; gata street, lane + lopp course, career, akin to l["o]pa to run. See {Gate} a way, and {Leap}.] A military punishment formerly in use, wherein the offender was made to run between two files of men facing one another, who struck him as he passed. [1913 Webster]

{To run the gantlet}, to suffer the punishment of the gantlet; hence, to go through the ordeal of severe criticism or controversy, or ill-treatment at many hands. [1913 Webster]

Winthrop ran the gantlet of daily slights. --Palfrey. [1913 Webster]

Note: Written also, but less properly, gauntlet. [1913 Webster]


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  • run\ the\ gantlet — • run the ga(u)ntlet v. phr. 1. To be made to run between two lines of people facing each other and be hit by them with clubs or other weapons. Joe had to run the gauntlet as part of his initiation into the club. 2. To face a hard test; bear a… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • run the gantlet — See at: run the gauntlet Etymology: based on the Swedish word gantlopp (= a running down a path) used to describe a punishment in the Swedish army in which a soldier had to run between two rows of men who hit him as he ran …   New idioms dictionary

  • RUN THE — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v[GONT lit] an outmoded form of punishment in which a soldier was forced to run between two lines ofmen, who would hit him withclubs, knotted ropes, etc., as he passed. In modern use, any multidirectional ordeal,… …   English dictionary for students

  • run the gauntlet — also[gantlet] {v. phr.} 1. To be made to run between two lines of people facing each other and be hit by them with clubs or other weapons. * /Joe had to run the gauntlet as part of his initiation into the club./ 2. To face a hard test; bear a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run the gauntlet — also[gantlet] {v. phr.} 1. To be made to run between two lines of people facing each other and be hit by them with clubs or other weapons. * /Joe had to run the gauntlet as part of his initiation into the club./ 2. To face a hard test; bear a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run the gauntlet — 1. to experience severe criticism or great difficulties. Every idea that is presented must run the gauntlet of the Review Committee, and such reviews are never pleasant. 2. to have to move by a line or group people trying to get your attention.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • Gantlet — Gant let, n. [Gantlet is corrupted fr. gantlope; gantlope is for gatelope, Sw. gatlopp, orig., a running down a lane; gata street, lane + lopp course, career, akin to l[ o]pa to run. See {Gate} a way, and {Leap}.] A military punishment formerly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gantlet, gauntlet —    Traditionally in American English, a distinction has been observed between the two. A gantlet was a double line of people armed with blunt weapons through which a thief or other miscreant was forced to run as a form of punishment. Hence the… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • gantlet, gauntlet —    Traditionally in American English, a distinction has been observed between the two. A gantlet was a double line of people armed with blunt weapons through which a thief or other miscreant was forced to run as a form of punishment. Hence the… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • gantlet — gantlet1 [gônt′lit, gänt′lit, gant′lit] n. [earlier gantlope < Swed gatlopp, a running down a lane < gata, lane (akin to Ger gasse: see GAIT) + lopp, a run, akin to LEAP] 1. a) a former military punishment in which the offender had to run… …   English World dictionary

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