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gantlet


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gantlet  \Gant"let\,  n.  [Gantlet  is  corrupted  fr  gantlope; 
  gantlope  is  for  gatelope  Sw  gatlopp  orig.,  a  running  down 
  a  lane;  gata  street,  lane  +  lopp  course,  career,  akin  to 
  l["o]pa  to  run.  See  {Gate}  a  way  and  {Leap}.] 
  A  military  punishment  formerly  in  use  wherein  the  offender 
  was  made  to  run  between  two  files  of  men  facing  one  another, 
  who  struck  him  as  he  passed. 
 
  {To  run  the  gantlet},  to  suffer  the  punishment  of  the 
  gantlet;  hence  to  go  through  the  ordeal  of  severe 
  criticism  or  controversy,  or  ill-treatment  at  many  hands. 
 
  Winthrop  ran  the  gantlet  of  daily  slights. 
  --Palfrey. 
 
  Note:  Written  also  but  less  properly,  gauntlet. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gantlet  \Gant"let\,  n. 
  A  glove.  See  {Gauntlet}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gantlet 
  n  :  the  convergence  of  two  parallel  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 




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