The second definition of gauntlet comes closer here.
gaunt·let 2 also gant·let (gôntlt, gänt-) n.Definition of run the gantlet:
1. a. A form of punishment or torture in which people armed with sticks or other weapons arrange themselves in two lines facing each other and beat the person forced to run between them.
b. The lines of people so arranged.
2. An onslaught or attack from all sides: "The hostages . . . ran the gauntlet of insult on their way to the airport" (Harper's).
3. A severe trial; an ordeal.
1. to be punished by means of the gantletWhy did I bring this up? I just found gantlet used correctly. Early in Wednesday's practice, the skill-position players ran a gantlet of blocking pads thrust at them by teammates.
2. to proceed while under attack from both sides, as by criticism
If dictionaries are changing the word, it won't last long.
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