To run the gantlet

Related to To run the gantlet: run the gantlet, ran the gauntlet
to suffer the punishment of the gantlet; hence, to go through the ordeal of severe criticism or controversy, or ill-treatment at many hands.

See also: Gantlet

References in classic literature ?
Even though he came late in the succession of inventors, Bell had to run the gantlet of scoffing and adversity.