with the gloves off
With or ready to dispense rough treatment, as in Prepared to oppose the council, the mayor marched into the meeting with the gloves off. This idiom alludes to old-style boxing, when gloves were not used. [Early 1800s]
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Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.
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Then she noticed the letter which the child had given her, still lying on the dressing table, with her gloves.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
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