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  • What a gantelope would she run, when I had done with her, among a dozen of her own pitiless sex, whom my charmer shall never see! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • "Ondoubtedly," said Doe, -- "up to the rack, fodder or no fodder: that's the word; there's no 'scaping them consequences; they must be taken as they come, -- gantelope, fire-roasting, and all.

    Nick of the Woods


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  • (noun) - (1) This punishment, which is called running the gantlet, is seldom inflicted except for crimes as will excite a general antipathy amongst the seamen, as on some occasions the culprit would pass without receiving a single blow, particularly in cases of mutiny or sedition.

    --William Falconer's Universal Dictionary of the Marine, 1771

    (2) From Ghent and Dutch loopen, to run, because the punishment was first inflicted in that place.

    --Joseph Worcester's Dictionary of the English Language, 1881

    January 17, 2018

  • Don't forget triantulopes.

    May 20, 2008

  • Not to be confused with the gauntelope, an emaciated kind of beastie, or the giantelope, described alternately as its oversized cousin, or - in regions of the country bordering on Nevada and/or Sleepy Hollow - the hastily scheduled marriage of two large residents.

    May 20, 2008

  • A race in which a criminal was required to run in the navy or army, for any heinous offense. The ship's crew, or a certain division of soldiers, were disposed in 2 rows, face to face, each provided with a knotted cord, with which they severely struck the delinquent as he ran between them, stripped to the waist.

    Adm. William Smith, Sailor's Word-Book, 1867

    May 20, 2008