to run the gauntlet

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - run the gauntlet

"to run the gauntlet"

to experience severe criticism or great difficulties


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - run the gauntlet

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you ready to run the gauntlet of your year-end performance review?

Colleague 2:  I haven't slept well in over a week worrying about it.

Colleague 1:  Yes, these reviews can be brutal especially with the questions about your weaknesses and shortfalls.

Colleague 1:  And it might be a little better if it was only our manager but having to face the director and then a panel of our peers makes it especially difficult.

Colleague 2:  Oh well. It will be over after today and then you can breathe a sigh of relief.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - run the gauntlet

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Well, here it is Christmas Eve. Are you ready for tomorrow?

Friend 2:  I have done the sum total of zero Christmas shopping.

Friend 1:  What's your plan?

Friend 2:  What choice do I have but to run the gauntlet of bumper-to-bumper traffic and insanely crowded malls?

Friend 1:  I suppose you will have to suffer the consequences of leaving things to the last minute.

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to run the gauntlet - Gerund Form:

Running the gauntlet of an ethics committee review the lawyer felt very relieved when it was over.

to run the gauntlet - Examples:

1)  ... is very difficult to bring up your kids in Nelson and sort of run the gauntlet of shops and supermarkets, petrol stations and dairies, restaurants and cafes that are ...

2)  ... (some have left in tears) have to run the gauntlet of searing questions from ...

3)  ... that you will need a cast-iron stomach to run the gauntlet from here through Friday's inauguration.

4)  ... cases however that parties are still prepared to run the gauntlet of trial with coached witnesses.

5)  But one problem with going by train is having to run the gauntlet of fans on platforms after poor results.

6)  ... said he had to run the gauntlet of naysayers when the regulator decided to go public cloud and open source.

7)  ... with it more constraints than opportunities. The agreement has yet to run the gauntlet of a complex and, in some respects, hazardous final approval process, ...

8)  Cyclists I have spoken to say they feel they run the gauntlet when they venture out on the city's roads.

9)  Every five minutes another fresh-faced grad would arrive, and run the gauntlet of Clifford's questioning, seeking to convince him that they would be a valuable ...

10)  ... which means that law-abiding residents who are forced to run the gauntlet between home, school and work are spared the indignity this time round.

11)  ... atmosphere had become very tense; I and other LASAA staff had been running the gauntlet for some time.

12)  ... perfect spot for predatory cats to sit and wait for dormice to risk running the gauntlet, from one narrow section of hedgerow to another.

13)  The fish then have to survive several years in the ocean before running the gauntlet of dams again when they return to the Northwest to spawn.

14)  ... need for campaigners on either side to go door-to-door asking for votes and running the gauntlet of abuse.

15)  Drivers are nightly running the gauntlet of ruthless people-traffickers armed with anything from machetes to petrol bombs.

16)  With no fixed abode, no friends, and running the gauntlet of life on the streets, he was sent to ...

17)  It is impossible to enter any of our super-markets without running the gauntlet of these people and being accosted on the street is commonplace. 

18)  ... walkers would enjoy an alternative to running the gauntlet of the narrow footpath alongside State Highway 1.

19)  Running the gauntlet of corrupt police and people smugglers, Cuban migrants young and old made the long ...

20)  For average guys like me, going up to the girls was like running the gauntlet. You had to deal with the heart palpitations experienced during the approach and if ...