In 2009, however, the author Lucy Siegle threw down the gauntlet, presenting Firth with the “Green Carpet Challenge.”
A middle-class woman to boot, she ran the gauntlet of upper-class men marinated in sexism and class prejudice.
He may have reservations about going through that [gauntlet] drill again.
It is a gauntlet that prepares leaders for the kind of physics they will face in the White House.
With those seven simple words, once politically fatal for a Republican leader to utter, the gauntlet was thrown.
Without an instant's hesitation she flung down the gauntlet.
And so, reluctantly, they led him down the gauntlet of widened eyes.
The rising sun of another day saw Telitha and me starting on our way to run the gauntlet, so to speak, of Federal bayonets.
I flung my gauntlet of buffalo-hide at his feet in gage of battle.
They have run the gauntlet, as my countrymen had to do some fifty years ago.
"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.
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.