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bareknuckle

or bare·knuck·led

[bair-nuhk-uh l]
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adjective
  1. (of a prizefight, prizefighter, etc.) without boxing gloves; using the bare fists.
  2. without conventional niceties; rough-and-tumble.
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adverb
  1. without boxing gloves.
  2. in a rough-and-tumble manner.
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Origin of bareknuckle

First recorded in 1920–25; bare1 + knuckle
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bare-knuckle

adjective
  1. without boxing glovesa bare-knuckle fight
  2. aggressive and without reservationsa bare-knuckle confrontation
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