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barehanded

[bair-han-did] /ˈbɛərˈhæn dɪd/
adjective, adverb
1.
with hands uncovered:
He caught the baseball barehanded.
2.
without tools, weapons, or other means:
foolishly coming barehanded to the besieged city.
Origin of barehanded
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English bare-handyd. See bare1, handed
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  • Were he alone with Armand, he would hurl himself at him and try to kill him, barehanded.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • You can't just walk in on a Throg barehanded and be bound by orders such as that!

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • It was so warm in the sun that we sat about bareheaded and barehanded, yet not a frost-needle melted.

    A Northern Countryside Rosalind Richards
  • Wouldn't it have been better to attack the Indians barehanded and be killed than to let that happen?

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Put it up to Hallock barehanded: if he comes in, all right; if not, you'll put him where he'll wear stripes.

  • I couldn't even get to him barehanded because of his shield and the binder field.

    Sight Gag Laurence Mark Janifer
  • His knife he had not: barehanded he fought, frenzied by loathing of the foul monster, the foulest the sea breeds.

    The Unknown Sea Clemence Housman
  • Anyway we fell into each other's arms and went at it barehanded.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • He arose on shaky legs and desperately offered to prove his fitness by a barehanded six-round bout with his commanding officer.

    The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • He could not handle it with sufficient exactness with his mitts on, and he froze his fingers doing it barehanded.

British Dictionary definitions for barehanded

barehanded

/ˌbɛəˈhændɪd/
adverb, adjective
1.
without weapons, tools, etc
2.
with hands uncovered
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Word Origin and History for barehanded
adj.

also bare-handed, mid-15c., from bare (adj.) + handed.

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