gauntlet gauntlet  /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) 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. That prompted Barack Obama to throw down a gauntlet of his own.
  2. Boats thus became the main means of evacuation and supply, and each boat ran a gauntlet of NVA sniper fire.
  3. As it knifes through Los Angeles' West Hollywood residential district, Santa Monica becomes a garish, grubby, milelong gauntlet of sex-book stalls, theaters and 8-mm.


  1. LANDesk CEO Steve Daly Challenges the Industry to Move from Device Pricing to One Price per User

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move designed to "draw a line in the sand" on how IT approaches user management, LANDesk throws down the gauntlet in their USA Today advertisement ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. US Open Cup: Round of 16 set for kick with 12 MLS clubs in action | Matchday Preview

    An even dozen Major League Soccer sides survived the lower-tier gauntlet to make the US Open Cup Round of 16, which takes place on Wednesday night.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: MLS via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Spurs anthem kid throws down the gauntlet

    A great singer in a matador Mariachi suit? San Antonio has thrown the gauntlet down for Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Your response, Miami ?
    on June 12, 2013     Source: SB Nation


  1. "Senator Schumer's not interested in looking at the record, he's interested in throwing down the gauntlet and making a story in tomorrow's newspapers," Specter said.
    on Jul 26, 2007 By: Arlen Specter Source: Guardian Unlimited

  2. Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates said history had "thrown down the gauntlet and challenged us to work together to write together a completely new page in the relationship between Europe and Africa."
    on Dec 8, 2007 By: Jose Socrates Source: Reuters Canada

  3. "Watching this abuse of process, apparently without consequence for the wrongdoers, makes me wonder why any qualified citizen would submit to run today's Senate gauntlet," Engler said in a statement.
    on May 23, 2007 By: John Engler Source: Washington Post

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