Definition of glove in English:
- Using it with cold fingers in thick gloves, I found it rather fiddly.
- Problem is I neglected to buy rubber gloves so my fingers are all tingly and I have the cleanest nails known to mankind.
- His nose was freezing, and the cold was penetrating his gloves, working into his fingers.
- It's sort of like trying a new glove in baseball; it takes a while to get used to it.
- He always had his baseball glove hitched to his side and always welcomed a game of catch.
- The last time he used a glove in a major league game was in 2001 when he played five innings as a first baseman.
verb[with object] informal Back to top
- Last year, he had little trouble gloving grounders, but his throws were erratic.
- Fending the ball off his face, he could only glove the ball to the wicket keeper.
- He continued his attack, but on 85 he gloved the ball into his face and had to retire hurt.
Old English glōf, of Germanic origin.
Old English glōf is Germanic in origin. From the Middle Ages gloves carried strong social symbolism. Gloves could be used to challenge someone to combat ( see gauntlet) or to confer office. Fine-quality gloves were a sign of status and often given as presents. To fit like a glove and hand in glove both date from the late 18th century although the latter was in existence earlier as hand and glove. The expression to take the gloves off meaning ‘to use no mercy’ dates from the 1920s, although ‘to handle without gloves’—the opposite of with kid gloves (the softest kind)—dates from the early 19th century. The maxim to rule with an iron fist or hand in a velvet glove has been ascribed to several rulers including Napoleon.
fit someone like a glove
- (Of clothes) fit someone exactly: the shoe fitted him like a glove figurative this analysis of the institutional mind fits the police world like a gloveMore example sentences
- My husband was measured for a pair of boots that were delivered to us three days later, fitting him like a glove.
- Kat got up and walked over, the black military uniform fitting her like a glove as her brown braid bumped against her back.
- His million-dollar suit and shiny black shoes fitted him like a glove.
the gloves are off (or with the gloves off or take the gloves off)
- Used to express the notion that something will be done in an uncompromising or ruthless way: for the banks chasing this growing business, the gloves are now definitely offMore example sentences
- But I think probably the first thing to do would be to really take the gloves off with the air campaign.
- This is car parking with the gloves off, so to speak; bare-knuckle stuff.
- But as soon as the bell goes for the first pint the gloves are off.
- Example sentences
- The catcher then puts his gloveless hand between his legs and flashes the sign to signal the next pitch.
- A hand grabbed hers in the dark, warm and gloveless, and she pulled back instinctively.
- During its pioneer beginnings, baseball was a gloveless sport.
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