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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Sheffield sniper Stuart Brittle took exception to the Billingham man's challenge and the two dropped their gloves, both incurring roughing penalties while Windridge also collected a match penalty for the original offence.
Mashinter and Grantham dropped their gloves at 16:24, with Mashinter getting the best of Grantham with several right hands.
The night started explosively when Brent Clouthier and Chris McAllister dropped their gloves and went at it just five seconds in.
Cardiff's Mike Prpich and Newcastle's Derek Campbell dropped their gloves to fight during the first period, a scrap which lasted well over a minute before the linesmen were able to intervene.
Two-thirds of the way through a lengthy practice, winger Michael Cammalleri and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky dropped their gloves and sticks at center ice, jawed at each other and did some mild pushing before teammates stepped in to separate them.
At an age when all his contemporaries - Jennings, Banks, Clemence etc - have dropped their gloves in the wheelie-bin, he still gives performances that rouse fans to sing: "Shilton, Shilton, number one, England's number one.
1996 World Series heroes Jim Leyritz of the New York Yankees and Andruw Jones of the Atlanta Braves dropped their gloves this week and picked up video game controllers.
Nurmi and Box dropped their gloves, and settled their differences before exiting on match penalties.