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bareknuckle

[bair-nuhk-uh l] /ˈbɛərˈnʌk əl/
adjective
1.
(of a prizefight, prizefighter, etc.) without boxing gloves; using the bare fists.
2.
without conventional niceties; rough-and-tumble.
adverb
3.
without boxing gloves.
4.
in a rough-and-tumble manner.
Also, bareknuckled.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; bare1 + knuckle
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British Dictionary definitions for bare-knuckle

bare-knuckle

adjective
1.
without boxing gloves: a bare-knuckle fight
2.
aggressive and without reservations: a bare-knuckle confrontation
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