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barehanded

[bair-han-did]
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adjective, adverb
  1. with hands uncovered: He caught the baseball barehanded.
  2. without tools, weapons, or other means: foolishly coming barehanded to the besieged city.
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Origin of barehanded

First recorded in 1400–50, barehanded is from the late Middle English word bare-handyd. See bare1, handed
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Examples from the Web for barehanded

Historical Examples

  • You can't just walk in on a Throg barehanded and be bound by orders such as that!

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • In a barehanded fight I'd bite your ears off and ram 'em down your throat.

    Shaman

    Robert Shea

  • Wouldn't it have been better to attack the Indians barehanded and be killed than to let that happen?

    Shaman

    Robert Shea

  • Were he alone with Armand, he would hurl himself at him and try to kill him, barehanded.

    Shaman

    Robert Shea

  • No longer now was he fighting the forces of nature, all barehanded and alone.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England


British Dictionary definitions for barehanded

barehanded

adverb, adjective
  1. without weapons, tools, etc
  2. with hands uncovered
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Word Origin and History for barehanded

adj.

also bare-handed, mid-15c., from bare (adj.) + handed.

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