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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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Following a time-out, Danick Paquette dropped the gloves with Storm's Dallas Ehrhardt, the Blaze man having to leave the game following the scrap with a facial injury.
Then Joey Martin dropped the gloves with Andreas Jamtin at 4:19 which sparked the sell-out crowd at Ice Arena Wales.
Warriors winger Callum Watson dropped the gloves with Hull's Lee Haywood shortly afterwards, and the referee on duty, Andrew Miller, gave both players four minutes in penalties for fighting.
Schwartz received his first fighting major of the season when he dropped the gloves with Andrew Bodnarchuk at 14:54 of the first period.
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.
They dropped the gloves and sack, and busted out their roscoes.
In the World Junior Championship, Canada and the Soviets dropped the gloves en masse.
Right off the next face-off the Giants' John Kurtz and Justin Faryna dropped the gloves for an impressive scrap that got both teams fired up and got both players five minutes for fighting.
Blair Riley gave Belfast a three-goal cushion and that was that although the visiting fans were kept entertained in the final period as Garrett Klotz dropped the gloves for a heavyweight battle with Giants' Matt Nickerson before defenceman David Clements engaged in his first fisticuffs for Blaze by taking on fellow Brit Colin Shields.
A minute later Andre Payette and Perry Doyle dropped the gloves for the third time in the game and were given penalties by referee Wardell.
Sena Acolatse took exception to the hit and dropped the gloves with Riley in a spirited bout in which both landed some shots.
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.