bareknuckle

or bare·knuck·led

[ bair-nuhk-uh l ]
/ ˈbɛərˈnʌk əl /
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adjective

(of a prizefight, prizefighter, etc.) without boxing gloves; using the bare fists.
without conventional niceties; rough-and-tumble.

adverb

without boxing gloves.
in a rough-and-tumble manner.

Nearby words

  1. barefoot doctor,
  2. barege,
  3. barehanded,
  4. bareheaded,
  5. bareilly,
  6. barelegged,
  7. barely,
  8. barenboim,
  9. barenboim, daniel,
  10. bareness

Origin of bareknuckle

First recorded in 1920–25; 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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