A race which a criminal was sentenced to run in the navy or army, for any heinous offence. The ship's crew, or a certain division of soldiers, were dispose in two rows face-to-face, each provided with a knotted cord, or knittle, with which they severely struck the delinquent as he ran between them, stripped to the waist. Commonly pronounced gantlet.
- Adm. William Smyth's Sailor's Word-book, 1867
The word comes from Ghent and the Dutch word loopen, to run.
On this date in 1789, there was a mutiny on the HMS Bounty. Mister Christian!