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Going through something while being exposed to risk.



An old military punishment in Sweden was to send the victim, stripped to the waist, through a double line of men, each armed with a stick with which to beat him as he passed. Its first English form was gantlope from the Swedish gata, passage or lane and lope or lopp, a leap or chase, but the word changed a little over the centuries into gauntlet. The punishment itself came into use in the Royal Navy in 1661 but was abolished in 1813.
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