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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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Windibank gave a violent start and dropped his gloves. "I am delighted to hear it," he said.
Josh Manson immediately dropped his gloves and went after Hartman, drawing a double minor for roughing and putting the Hawks on the power play.
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.
Going to Cardiff and then Edinburgh Capitals later this month, he'll see some of hockey's finest establishments!" 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.
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.
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. He first went with JP Soucy and then took on Scott Allison before being handed a game misconduct.
Kelly never got to terms with the highly-talented 17-year-old as Selby threw punches from all angles, and cheekily dropped his gloves as he slipped the Ulster champion's leads for a wide 23-14 points win.