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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We proved against Newcastle that we will not be intimidated, anyone who comes to Billingham this season should think twice before they drop their gloves.
All three are among the Elite League's enforcers, men who will drop their gloves and fight when needed.
Unfortunately McAllister, yet to fight in England, was not on the ice to step in and again Newcastle's NHL man was on the bench when an ongoing battle between Hilton Ruggles and Marek Ivan saw the pair drop their gloves.
The third saw Billingham's Ricky Box and Blackburn's Peter Tapp drop their gloves and square up.
Coventry have a big physical edge on their team with Toronto Maple Leafs' defenceman Wade Belak, 6ft 5in tall, and powerful enforcer Andre Payette willing to drop their gloves and fight if required.