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gauntlet2

gaunt·let (gant·let)2

gauntlet (gantlet)2

 
pronunciation:
gawnt liht [or] gant liht
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a form of punishment, formerly used esp. by the military, in which two rows of people beat someone who was forced to run between them.
Found guilty of thieving, the soldier was forced to run the gauntlet.
definition 2: the two rows of people who gave such punishment.
definition 3: any ordeal or trial.
the gauntlet of criticism