Definition of Queensberry rules in English:

Queensberry rules

Syllabification: Queens·ber·ry rules
Pronunciation: /ˈkwēnzberē ˌro͞olz
 
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noun

1The standard rules of boxing, originally drawn up in 1867 to govern the sport in Britain.
More example sentences
  • But almost three years later, taunted by young fighters, he agreed to a new championship battle, this one to be fought according to the Queensberry rules.
  • This is perhaps due to the high incidence of death and physical injury in fights which led the Thai government to institute a ban on Muay Thai in the 1920s, but in the 1930s the art was revived under a modern set of regulations based on the international Queensberry rules.
  • John L. Sullivan, who won the heavyweight title in 1882 with bare knuckles and lost it under Queensberry Rules wearing gloves in 1892, died of a heart attack at age 59,
1.1Standard rules of polite or acceptable behavior.
More example sentences
  • It's normally about now that I start considering the use of Queensberry Rules to settle matters in a satisfactory fashion.
  • At this point, Queensbury rules dictate that I mention I've known Martin for almost a decade now.

Origin

late 19th century: named after John Sholto Douglas (1844–1900), 8th Marquess of Queensberry, who supervised the preparation of the rules.

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