Gantlet meaning

gôntlĭt, gänt-
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A section of double railroad tracks formed by the temporary convergence of two otherwise parallel tracks in such a way that each set remains independent while traversing the same ground, affording passage at a narrow place without need of switching.
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To converge (railroad tracks) to form a gantlet.
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A section of railroad track through a narrow passage where two lines of track overlap, one rail of each line being within the rails of the other.
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To overlap (railroad tracks) so as to make a gantlet.
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Alternative spelling of gauntlet.
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run the gantlet
  • to be punished by means of the gantlet
  • to proceed while under attack from both sides, as by criticism
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gantlet
Plural:
gantlets

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

run the gantlet

Origin of gantlet

  • Variant of gauntlet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition