drop the gloves

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drop the gloves

1. In ice hockey, to engage in or prepare for a fistfight, i.e., by discarding one's gloves immediately beforehand. In an effort to keep this game under control, referees are getting in between players, warning them not to drop their gloves. With tension rising between them all night, the two players dropped the gloves as soon as the whistle blew.
2. By extension, to engage in or prepare for any fight, dispute, or confrontation in which the participants' actions or sentiments are unrestrained or unmitigated. The two presidential candidates dropped their gloves at the debate last night. A spokeswoman said the video game company was prepared to drop the gloves to combat online piracy.
See also: drop, glove
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Then a kneeing incident called against Lions' Jonathon Bell sparked retaliation from Scott Ward, and with the Lion not sure enough to drop his gloves, some punches were exchanged before the officials intervened.
Ott caused one melee when he aimed a hip check at the legs of Boston's Stephane Yelle, and Thornton intervened, getting a four-minute roughing penalty because Ott wouldn't drop his gloves.
Next Derek Campbell got the better of Johnson who clearly wanted to have a scrap as a little earlier he had unsuccessfully tried to get the Vipers' captain David Longstaff to drop his gloves.
Finally, Haye looked to end the fight and more powerful hitting saw Johansen drop his gloves as the referee jumped in to call a halt to the contest.
He's the kind of guy who knows when a team needs a lift, he may have to drop his gloves.
The winger, 28, showed his prowess in last season's "WWF" line alongside Jonathan Weaver and Marc West, and proved he could go toe-to-toe with the best when it was time to drop his gloves and fight.