Run the gantlet

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Run the gantlet to undergo the punishment of the gantlet: to be exposed to unpleasant remarks or treatment
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Confused with gauntlet, but from Sw. gatloppgata (Eng. gate), a street, line of soldiers, lopp (Eng. leap), course.

Usage

In literature:

Even though he came late in the succession of inventors, Bell had to run the gantlet of scoffing and adversity.
"The History of the Telephone" by Herbert N. Casson
This one would not run the gantlet of flames.
"Wildfire" by Zane Grey
The wind had become violent and irregular; the balloon was running the gantlet through the air.
"Five Weeks in a Balloon" by Jules Verne
He had run the deadliest gantlets of the elements, of beast, and of man.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
It was well for us the night was dark, else we had run that gantlet.
"The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
May our American civilization never have to run the gantlet of such a terrible trial!
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
I have to run the gantlet of so many curious eyes.
"Kindred of the Dust" by Peter B. Kyne
But at night the household gathers in the salon; we should run the gantlet of a hundred looks and tongues.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
The trail wound between those same sheds and corrals, a gantlet two hundred yards long that one must run or turn back.
"The Range Dwellers" by B. M. Bower
Having at last run the gantlet, we found ourselves in the refectory of the monastery, inhaling a thick steam of fish and cabbage.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
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In news:

SALT LAKE CITY — Chad Hoover can thank running the gantlet for whipping him into fishing shape.
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