bareknuckle

bareknuckle
I. adjective or bareknuckled \\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷\
Etymology: bare (I) + knuckle or knuckled
1. : not using boxing gloves — used of fighting or a fighter

champion bareknuckle prizefighter of England — Dennis Craig

2. : having an aggressive fierce unrelenting character

led a bareknuckled fight against waste of public funds — J.R.Aswell & E.J.Michelson

II. adverb or bareknuckled \\ˈ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷\
: in a bareknuckle way

the early days of pugilism in which men fought bareknuckle

fighting bareknuckle in congress for his beliefs

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/bair"nuk"euhl/, adj.
1. (of a prizefight, prizefighter, etc.) without boxing gloves; using the bare fists.
2. without conventional niceties; rough-and-tumble.
adv.
3. without boxing gloves.
4. in a rough-and-tumble manner.
[1920-25; BARE1 + KNUCKLE]

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bareknuckˈle or bareknuckˈled adjective and adverb
1. Without boxing gloves on
2. Fiercely aggressive
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