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  • 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

  • That prompted Barack Obama to throw down a gauntlet of his own.
  • Even the pro-life movement hasn't tried to outlaw fertility treatment: anyone who has ever watched someone they care about run the fertility gauntlet thinks twice before getting in .
  • Attorney General Bobby Kennedy last week ran the civil rights gauntlet, got flogged from both sides, and emerged scarredbut still in better shape than anyone might have .
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  • Arlen Specter in Guardian Unlimited
    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.
  • Jose Socrates in Reuters Canada
    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."
  • John Engler in Washington Post
    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.

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