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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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The Devils were expecting a call from the referee, but did not get one and before the puck was dropped to re-start the game, Layne Ulmer went after Rissling and dropped the gloves, which led to a number of players on both sides getting into an altercation.
A couple of seconds after Manchester going two up, from the puck-drop, Coventry local boy and Man of the Match David Clements dropped the gloves in a spirited affair with Storm's Canadian blueliner Riley Stadel, the two throwing wild punches before falling.
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.
Steve Goertzen doubled Steelers' advantage at 31.57 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.
With just over three minutes left in the second period Danick Gauthier dropped the gloves with the Devils Mark Louis to try and give his team a spark, but Louis answered the bell and both players sat out five minutes for fighting.
Just seconds later (3.24), Alex Nikiforuk dropped the gloves for the first time in Blaze colours taking on Mosey, most likely seeking retribution for the hit that caused Hache's earlier injury.
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.
With the Blaze struggling to find momentum, American defenceman Chris Joyaux did his best to fire up his team when he dropped the gloves with Fabrizio Ricci at 26.17, with both receiving five-minute penalties for fighting.