1. a medieval glove, as of mail or plate, worn by a knight in armor to protect the hand.
2. a glove with an extended cuff for the wrist.
3. the cuff itself. Idioms
4. take up the gauntlet, to accept a challenge to fight: He was always willing to take up the gauntlet for a good cause. to show one's defiance. Also, take up the glove.
5. throw down the gauntlet, to challenge. to defy. Also, throw down the glove.
"nominees can be gauntlet."
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