- to accept a challenge to fight: He was always willing to take up the gauntlet for a good cause.
- to show one's defiance.
- to challenge.
- to defy.
Origin of gauntlet1
noun Also gantlet (for defs 1, 2, 4).
verb (used with object)
Origin of gauntlet2
Examples from the Web for gauntlet
He may have reservations about going through that [gauntlet] drill again.Friday Night Lights Out: The Concussion Debate Hits the Texas Youth Leagues|Pete Freedman|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Students who survive the gauntlet and make it into college face a whole new set of challenges.The Not-So-Bright Future of Palestine's Class of 2013|Maysoon Zayid|June 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Tensions escalated when Fieri decided to throw down a gauntlet of his own on the Today show on Thursday morning.Guy Fieri Battles Scathing New York Times Review by Pete Wells|Katie Baker|November 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A middle-class woman to boot, she ran the gauntlet of upper-class men marinated in sexism and class prejudice.The Sexy Side of Maggie: How Thatcher Used Her Softer Quality|Gail Sheehy|January 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
With those seven simple words, once politically fatal for a Republican leader to utter, the gauntlet was thrown.Budget Fight: Obama Needs to Stop Playing Politics|Mark McKinnon|April 15, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Here again the gauntlet is thrown at the door of the church and the challenge is to her manhood from the manhood of tomorrow.The Minister and the Boy|Allan Hoben
You are sentenced by a military commission, before which your documents have been examined, to run the gauntlet.The Hour and the Man|Harriet Martineau
Sir Eric Geddes' scheme has yet to run the gauntlet of Parliamentary criticism.
It was the gauntlet of war thrown down to it by Austria, and the poor Assembly had no other choice but to take it up.Revolution and Counter-Revolution|Karl Marx
Then she deftly slipped a small hood over the bird's head, and holding it out on her gauntlet, stooped and picked up the hare.The King in Yellow|Robert W. Chambers
Word Origin for gauntlet
- to suffer this punishment
- to endure an onslaught or ordeal, as of criticism
Word Origin for gauntlet
"glove," early 15c., gantelet, from Old French gantelet (13c.) "gauntlet worn by a knight in armor," also a token of one's personality or person, and symbolizing a challenge, e.g. tendre son gantelet "throw down the gauntlet" (a sense found in English by 1540s); semi-diminutive or double-diminutive of gant "glove" (12c.), earlier wantos (7c.), from Frankish *wanth-, from Proto-Germanic *wantuz "glove" (cf. Middle Dutch want "mitten," East Frisian want, wante, Old Norse vöttr "glove," Danish vante "mitten"), which apparently is related to Old High German wintan, Old English windan "turn around, wind" (see wind (v.)).
The name must orig. have applied to a strip of cloth wrapped about the hand to protect it from sword-blows, a frequent practice in the Icelandic sagas. [Buck]
Italian guanto, Spanish guante are likewise ultimately from Germanic. The spelling with -u- was established from 1500s.
military punishment in which offender runs between rows of men who beat him in passing, 1660s, earlier gantlope (1640s), from Swedish gatlopp "passageway," from Old Swedish gata "lane" (see gate) + lopp "course," related to löpa "to run" (see leap). Probably borrowed by English soldiers during Thirty Years' War. Modern spelling, influenced by gauntlet (n.1), not fixed until mid-19c.
fling (throw) down the gauntlet
To issue a challenge: “The candidate flung down the gauntlet and challenged his opponent to a debate.” A gauntlet was a glove; the wearer would throw it to the ground to show that he was challenging an opponent to fight.
see run the gauntlet; throw down the gauntlet.