no holds barred

no holds barred
no holds barred
Not observing any rules of fair play (noˈ-holds-barredˈ adjective)
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Main Entry:hold

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no holds barred phrase
without any limit on what you are allowed to do

They can say anything they like, no holds barred.

the demand for a no-holds-barred investigation

Thesaurus: not limited or restrictedsynonym
Main entry: hold

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(in wrestling) with no restrictions on the kinds of holds that are used
figurative used to convey that no rules or restrictions apply in a conflict or dispute

no-holds-barred military action

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no holds barred — see hold, 2
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Main Entry:bar
no holds barred
◇ If there are no holds barred, there are no limits or rules for what can and cannot be done in a particular situation. — see also no-holds-barred
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Main Entry:hold

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ˌno ˌholds ˈbarred idiom
with no rules or limits on what sb is allowed to do

There will be no holds barred in his interview with the president this evening.

Main entry:holdidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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