bare-knuckle

bareknuckle

[bair-nuhk-uhl]
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:
1920–25; bare1 + knuckle

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

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