To take up the glove
Glove Glove (gl[u^]v), n. [OE. glove, glofe, AS. gl[=o]f; akin to Icel. gl[=o]fi, cf. Goth. l[=o]fa palm of the hand, Icel. l[=o]fi.] [1913 Webster] 1. A cover for the hand, or for the hand and wrist, with a separate sheath for each finger. The latter characteristic distinguishes the glove from the mitten. [1913 Webster]

2. A boxing glove. [1913 Webster]

{Boxing glove}. See under {Boxing}.

{Glove fight}, a pugilistic contest in which the fighters wear boxing gloves.

{Glove money} or {Glove silver}. (a) A tip or gratuity to servants, professedly to buy gloves with. (b) (Eng. Law.) A reward given to officers of courts; also, a fee given by the sheriff of a county to the clerk of assize and judge's officers, when there are no offenders to be executed.

{Glove sponge} (Zo["o]l.), a fine and soft variety of commercial sponges ({Spongia officinalis}).

{To be hand and glove with}, to be intimately associated or on good terms with. ``Hand and glove with traitors.'' --J. H. Newman.

{To handle without gloves}, to treat without reserve or tenderness; to deal roughly with. [Colloq.]

{To take up the glove}, to accept a challenge or adopt a quarrel.

{To throw down the glove}, to challenge to combat. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To take up the gauntlet — Gauntlet Gaunt let, n. [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. v[ o]ttr, for vantr.] 1. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take up the glove — respond to a challenge for a duel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • To throw down the glove — Glove Glove (gl[u^]v), n. [OE. glove, glofe, AS. gl[=o]f; akin to Icel. gl[=o]fi, cf. Goth. l[=o]fa palm of the hand, Icel. l[=o]fi.] [1913 Webster] 1. A cover for the hand, or for the hand and wrist, with a separate sheath for each finger. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take up the gauntlet — Respectively, to give and to accept a challenge ● gauntlet * * * take up (or throw down) the gauntlet accept (or issue) a challenge Origin: from the medieval custom of issuing a challenge by throwing one s gauntlet to the ground; whoever picked… …   Useful english dictionary

  • To be hand and glove with — Glove Glove (gl[u^]v), n. [OE. glove, glofe, AS. gl[=o]f; akin to Icel. gl[=o]fi, cf. Goth. l[=o]fa palm of the hand, Icel. l[=o]fi.] [1913 Webster] 1. A cover for the hand, or for the hand and wrist, with a separate sheath for each finger. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To throw down the gauntlet — Gauntlet Gaunt let, n. [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. v[ o]ttr, for vantr.] 1. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be hand and glove with — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be hand in glove with — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take in hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bring up by hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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