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Without any restrictions, as in Telephone companies are entering the market for Internet users with no holds barred . This expression comes from wrestling, where certain holds are illegal, or barred , and has been used figuratively since about 1940.

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Thomas Ravenel, the former Republican state Treasurer, is promising a no-holds barred independent campaign.

Fighting words indeed, resulting in an intense, no-holds-barred Twitter war began between the two.

Obama's no-holds-barred meeting was good for him—and for Republicans.

Beatrice Dalle was its brief no-holds-barred incarnation of passion in Betty Blue.

It was a no-holds-barred fight and each man was trying as hard as possible to kill his opponent.


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