They did not baldly call for a coup, but they did exhort soldiers to “take a stand.”
It was a deliberately provocative and baldly political gesture.
In 2002, Americans rejected this baldly isolationist statement by well over two to one.
So baldly clear is this realization that I might as well be acknowledging that I will never have eight legs and spin a web.
Chavez could be declared "temporarily absent," a narrowly legal if baldly political maneuver to forestall succession.
The problem of the North was, to put it baldly, one of invasion and conquest.
It looked to them as if Patsy were down and out, to state it baldly.
Rosa Bonheur's horses are as strong in drawing as they are baldly deficient in sentiment.
I was resentful enough to meet her baldly upon her own ground.
In poetry and the drama the same influence is easily traced, but in the first two it is so baldly prominent as to defy objection.
c.1300, ballede, probably, with Middle English -ede adjectival suffix + Celtic bal "white patch, blaze" especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, gleam;" see bleach (v.)). Cf., from the same root, Sanskrit bhalam "brightness, forehead," Greek phalos "white," Latin fulcia "coot" (so called for the white patch on its head), Albanian bale "forehead." But connection with ball (n.1), on notion of "smooth, round" also has been suggested. Bald eagle first attested 1680s; so called for its white head.
adj. bald·er, bald·est
Lacking hair on the head.