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 for To run the gantlet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gantlet \Gant"let\, n. [Gantlet is corrupted fr. gantlope;
     gantlope is for gatelope, Sw. gatlopp, orig., a running down
     a lane; gata street, lane + lopp course, career, akin to
     l["o]pa to run. See Gate a way, and Leap.]
     A military punishment formerly in use, wherein the offender
     was made to run between two files of men facing one another,
     who struck him as he passed.
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     To run the gantlet, to suffer the punishment of the
        gantlet; hence, to go through the ordeal of severe
        criticism or controversy, or ill-treatment at many hands.
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              Winthrop ran the gantlet of daily slights.
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     Note: Written also, but less properly, gauntlet.
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