Marquis of Queensberry rules
- a set of basic rules for modern boxing, requiring among the main provisions the use of gloves instead of bare knuckles and the 10-second count for a knockout.
Origin of Marquis of Queensberry rules
named after the eighth Marquis of Queensberry, who supervised the formulation of these rules in 1867
Also called Queens·ber·ry rules.
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- 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
- 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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Word Origin and History for 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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