Run the gauntlet

What does "Run the gauntlet" mean?

Today it means: To face a lot of criticisms from others.

The Royal Navy adopted this in 1661 as a form of corporal punishment for theft. The guilty matelot would be made to run between two ranks of his fellow sailors who would beat him with their belts.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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