Gauntlet

Noun

  • (nautical) A rope on which hammocks or clothes are hung for drying.
  • (figuratively) Any challenging, difficult, or painful ordeal, often one performed for atonement or punishment
  • Protective armor for the hands.
  • Simultaneous attack from two or more sides
  • (archaic) Two parallel rows of attackers who strike at a criminal as punishment
  • (rail transport) A temporary convergence of two parallel railroad tracks allowing passage through a narrow opening in each direction without switching.

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