gamut vs gauntlet :

gamut or gauntlet

To “run a gamut” is to go through the whole scale or spectrum of something. To “run the gauntlet” (also gantlet) is to run between two lines of people who are trying to beat you. And don’t confuse “gamut” with “gambit,” a play in chess, and by extension, a tricky maneuver of any kind.

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  • n  a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"
  • n  the entire scale of musical notes

  • n  to offer or accept a challenge
    threw down the gauntlet
    took up the gauntlet
  • n  a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
  • n  a glove with long sleeve
  • 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
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