gantlet gantlet  /ˈɡɔnt lət/


  1. (n) to offer or accept a challenge
  2. (n) a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
  3. (n) a glove with long sleeve
  4. (n) 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. (n) 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



  1. Statehouse security fixes awaiting budget

    Visitors to the Ohio Statehouse may have to a pass a gantlet of State Highway Patrol troopers, security cameras, an X-ray machine and magnetic wands — but no metal detectors. The $1.2 million security upgrade is expected to be funded through the biennial state budget, which is being hammered out by lawmakers this week. The money is earmarked for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, the ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: The Columbus Dispatch

  2. Commentary: A lesson from France: Common Core pitfalls

    On June 17, tens of thousands of French 18-year-olds participated in a rite of passage for which they had been preparing all their lives: writing the philosophy essay that kicks off the gantlet of national high-school-completion exams required to earn the baccalaureat.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

  3. Patriots player mum on death investigation

    Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is used to throngs of media clamoring to ask him questions, but the NFL star has never had to deal with them camping outside his home. But since reports that the player had been questioned in connection with a homicide less than a mile from his Massachusetts house, he has faced the gantlet for the past three days. A line of reporters waited on the road in front ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: KSAT San Antonio


  1. "Having run the gantlet of enforcement resources at the border, migrants grew reluctant to repeat the experience and hunkered down to stay, causing rates of return migration to fall sharply," said Douglas S. Massey, a sociologist who directs the...
    on Dec 20, 2006 By: Douglas S Massey Source: Houston Chronicle

  2. "He's been through the gantlet now of the Southeastern Conference," Fulmer said. "He's had great success when nobody expected him to. He had some disappointments. So from a maturity standpoint, his skin ought to be pretty thick, and he ought...
    on Jul 28, 2007 By: Phillip Fulmer Source: Fairview Observer

  3. "That would be huge," said Justin Upton, who homered and is playing against his older brother, Rays center fielder BJ, for the first time. "We've run a gantlet of pretty good teams here and hopefully we can round it out with a win. That's a...
    on Jun 27, 2010 By: Justin Upton Source: Arizona Daily Star

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /