bare-knuckle

or bare-knuck·led

[ bair-nuhk-uhl ]
/ ˈbɛərˈnʌk əl /

adjective

(of a boxer) wearing no boxing gloves: These are bare-knuckle kids who need to learn a higher level of boxing.
(of a boxing match or other fight) without gloves: a bare-knuckle brawl.
without regard for rules or niceties; rough-and-tumble: a bare-knuckle approach to judicial reform.

adverb

without boxing gloves: He’s a scrappy guy who likes to fight bare-knuckle.
in a manner that bypasses rules and niceties: If we have to take on these land developers bare-knuckle, we will.

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Sometimes bare·knuck·le, bare·knuck·led .

Origin of bare-knuckle

First recorded in 1880–85; bare1 + knuckle
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British Dictionary definitions for bare-knuckle

bare-knuckle

adjective

without boxing glovesa bare-knuckle fight
aggressive and without reservationsa bare-knuckle confrontation
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