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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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Six seconds into the contest Whitley import Andre Payette and Tigers' Dan Croft dropped the gloves and traded blows.
Schwartz received his first fighting major of the season when he dropped the gloves with Andrew Bodnarchuk at 14:54 of the first period.
The man from Mimico, Ontario, played in an exhibition game, scored a goal and dropped the gloves to fight for Philadelphia before being assigned to their American League affiliate club Adirondack Phantoms.
At the drop of the puck both Olson and Keefe dropped the gloves in order to ignite their teams.
57 before Sestito and Blaze enforcer Benn Olson dropped the gloves.
Doucet and Sam Zajac of the Braehead Clan had dropped the gloves to settle an old score.
He even dropped the gloves, fighting against Brad Cruickshank of Basingstoke Bison and Belfast Giants' Carlyle Lewis (twice), when he felt the need to look out for team-mates.
In Contre, she has dropped the gloves that fiction provides, as it were.
During the first minute of the first practice, Flinn dropped the gloves with the Kings' other young enforcer, Kip Brennan.
Sena Acolatse took exception to the hit and dropped the gloves with Riley in a spirited bout in which both landed some shots.
in which he picked up an assist and dropped the gloves.
Didiomete had fights against both Coventry Blaze again, where he took on Benn Olson, and Panthers, when he dropped the gloves against Steve Lee.
Blaze had taken a 3-1 lead in the final period before Sheffield coach Ryan Finnerty dropped the gloves with Matic Krajl and sparked a remarkable turnaround.
Tensions between the two sides boiled over on Saturday a few times, most noticeably when Giants hard man Mike Hoffman dropped the gloves with Derek Campbell in a one sided bout that brought the 4,500-plus crowd to their feet.
Five minutes later, Jimmy Bonneau dropped the gloves and went at it with Mark Louis, but the fight did nothing to change what by then looked like an inevitable outcome.