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Queensberry rules

[kweenz-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
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Queensberry rules (ˈkwiːnzbərɪ, -brɪ)
 
pl n
1.  the code of rules followed in modern boxing, requiring the use of padded gloves, rounds of three minutes, and restrictions on the types of blows allowed
2.  informal gentlemanly or polite conduct, esp in a dispute
 
[(sense 1) C19: named after the ninth Marquess of Queensberry, who originated the rules in 1869]

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Queensberry Rules
drawn up 1867 by Sir John Sholto Douglas (1844-1900), 8th Marquis of Queensberry, to govern the sport of boxing in Great Britain.
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