drop the gloves

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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He will go head-to-head with one of the toughest teams Devils have recruited in years with Jesse Mychan, Doug Clarkson, Andrew Hotham, Tyson Marsh and more willing to drop the gloves and fight at the right times.
There are plenty of Cardiff players willing to drop the gloves to make their point, and Craig Cescon and Mike Egener both were involved in fights.
But the 6-foot-2, 217-pound Thornton's real value is his willingness to drop the gloves, be it in defense of a teammate, to protect the integrity of this Original Six franchise or to try to provide an emotional boost in trying times.
Sometimes you just know when its time to drop the gloves, and Saturday was one of those nights," said Hoffman, who also scored a goal to help the Giants stay on top of the Elite League standings.
The fans obviously enjoy seeing guys drop the gloves, and that may happen with Voth in town, but people shouldn't underestimate the other benefits of having an enforcer on board.
Whereas the Vipers of yore were rarely slow to drop the gloves and trade it with opposition hard men, Gouett has explained why this season has been one of restraint.
But then there's the revelation of ``Operation Slap Shot,'' and mob ties, and Rick Tocchet working the phones, and Jeremy Roenick supposedly making regular contributions, and then, against all odds, they drop the gloves on the Great One, and you have to wonder: Who's the biggest boob in Wayne's World now?
Belak will strike fear into teams across the country having been taught how to drop the gloves and pummel opponents on ice by the most feared fighter in the NHL - Toronto team-mate Tie Domi.
Jesse Mychan, Doug Clarkson, Tyson Marsh, Josh Batch are among those prepared to drop the gloves and fight if it's right for the team and Devils are a tough, aggressive team, but Lord's men also have a focus on fast, skilled hockey.
As usual, the Sharks were quite willing to drop the gloves.
The self-proclaimed "Heavyweight Champ of the Elite League" loves to drop the gloves - in fact he takes pleasure in it - and will likely be looking to prove a point to the Giants and the Belfast fans tomorrow night.
Both will drop the gloves, play to the crowd and pose a huge physical challenge to all comers.
As coach Rob Wilson looks to bring an added physical presence to a gifted squad, the message from the Vipers' management is that defenceman Jorde will drop the gloves.
But I've told him he has free reins to drop the gloves this weekend.
Don't think: Pro hockey would be a lot more successful if they marketed each season as a reality series - after all, not only do they get into contentious arguments like every reality show, but they actually drop the gloves and fight.