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Gantlet   /gˈɔntlət/   Listen
Gantlet

noun
1.
To offer or accept a challenge.  Synonym: gauntlet.  "Took up the gauntlet"
2.
A glove of armored leather; protects the hand.  Synonyms: gauntlet, metal glove.
3.
A glove with long sleeve.  Synonym: gauntlet.
4.
The convergence of two parallel railroad tracks in a narrow place; the inner rails cross and run parallel and then diverge so a train remains on its own tracks at all times.
5.
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.  Synonym: gauntlet.






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"Gantlet" Quotes from Famous Books



... trapped fifteen rushed their mounts toward the shelter of the western hills, drawing farther away from their eastern enemies, they were forced to a nearer approach to the ranch house, to run the gantlet of its concealed sharp-shooters. A galloping horse, with its rider, does not offer an easy mark; fifteen of them, the objective of twenty rifles, form a better target. And when Mart Cooley's followers reached the shadows of the farther hills, they ...
— Injun and Whitey to the Rescue • William S. Hart

... like a joke, they will only laugh! But if, by any chance, they show fight, fire at once,' replied the old man, leading the way. Waring followed, his mind anything but easy; it seemed to him like running the gantlet. He held his pistols ready, and glanced furtively around as they skirted the town and turned down towards the beach. 'If any noise is made,' Fog had remarked, 'I ...
— Castle Nowhere • Constance Fenimore Woolson

... accustomed to a mark that stood still. It was all so sudden! There were twenty people who were just going to shoot her when the doe leaped the road fence, and went away across a marsh toward the foot-hills. It was a fearful gantlet to run. But nobody except the deer considered it in that light. Everybody told what he was just going to do! everybody who had seen the performance was a kind of ...
— The Junior Classics Volume 8 - Animal and Nature Stories • Selected and arranged by William Patten



Words linked to "Gantlet" :   glove, suit of armor, railroad track, coat of mail, cataphract, gauntlet, corporal punishment, railroad, body armor, railway, body armour, suit of armour, challenge, metal glove



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