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Difference between Gantlet and Gauntlet

Gantlet, an old form of punishment, requires a person to run between two lines of people who flog him as he passes.

  • Thieves were once made to run the gantlet as their punishment.

Gauntlet refers to a heavy armored glove worn in medieval times.

  • It is often used figuratively to mean a challenge, as in he threw down the gauntlet.