- with hands uncovered: He caught the baseball barehanded.
- without tools, weapons, or other means: foolishly coming barehanded to the besieged city.
Origin of barehanded
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Examples from the Web for barehanded
You can't just walk in on a Throg barehanded and be bound by orders such as that!Storm Over Warlock
In a barehanded fight I'd bite your ears off and ram 'em down your throat.
Wouldn't it have been better to attack the Indians barehanded and be killed than to let that happen?
Were he alone with Armand, he would hurl himself at him and try to kill him, barehanded.
No longer now was he fighting the forces of nature, all barehanded and alone.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
- without weapons, tools, etc
- with hands uncovered
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Word Origin and History for barehanded
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