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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
References in classic literature ?
Windibank gave a violent start and dropped his gloves.
Flavell's side were visibly more interested in the third period despite the game being over and both teams picked up roughing penalties as Billingham forward Luke Brown dropped his gloves to take on Hawks player Rick Ravey.
Duff, 26, is described as "a tough stay at home D-man" by Finnerty, who added: "He has dropped his gloves seven or eight times this season, but generally is pretty smart.
Former Viper Jeremy Cornish dropped his gloves to battle with former NHL star Chris McAllister and came off second best as the team tried to spark themselves to life.
Later, Cardiff's Sylvain Deschatalets dropped his gloves and went toe-to-toe with Sheffield's Jeremy Cornish in a bruising, physical clash.
Maxwell and Schlender both scored and the game seemed to be heading to overtime when Maxwell again dropped his gloves - this time with Gareth Owen after he decided to pick on the Blaze forward.
With the puck behind the Dallas goal, Kings forward Ian Laperriere leveled Mike Modano and drew the ire of Dallas tough guy John Erskine, who skated in front well out of the play and dropped his gloves before he even reached Laperriere.
That was evident in the NLL final as Rodd Squire dropped his gloves and duked it out with the Wings' Tom Ryan in the second quarter.
During the first period Gareth Dixon dropped his gloves to go with Bracknell agitator Alan Lack, who chased up a rebound a little too enthusiastically after goalie Mike Brabon made a save.
Taylor dropped his gloves to instigate a fight and Thomas responded.
Newcastle's Paul Ferone, who has fought Belak in North America's minor leagues, twice dropped his gloves with Blaze's Andre Payette in that defeat and it could be another explosive game.
Stu dropped his gloves first, but he did not throw the first punch,'' Taylor said.
Finnerty dropped his gloves and went toe-to-toe with Carlson, finishing a clear winner of their fight.
But the talking point was Paul Ferone who twice dropped his gloves.
What he couldn't know is that he'd hang up after many a phone call home feeling as drained as if he had dropped his gloves with Stu Grimson.