Definition of bare-knuckle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌberˈnəkəl/
(also bare-knuckled or bare-knuckles)


1(Of a boxer or boxing match) without gloves.
Example sentences
  • The art dealer Victor Waddington had an eye with a slightly lowered lid, apparently the result of a bare-knuckle boxing match fought for the prize money to embark upon his chosen career.
  • He probably would have been more at home refereeing at a bare-knuckle boxing match - or calling time in a seedy East End pub.
  • ‘The film was called King of the Gypsies and it told the true story of Bartley Gorman, a bare-knuckle boxer born in (my home town of) Uttoxeter,’ explains Meadows.
1.1 informal With no scruples or reservations: an apostle of bare-knuckled capitalism
More example sentences
  • Japan has taken the gloves off for a bare-knuckle fight with China to claim the title of leading economic power in South-east Asia.
  • Bremner's gloves now came off and his bare-knuckle attack on Blair, playing poodle to the Campbell's Rottweiler, grew blatantly more brutal.
  • This is carparking with the gloves off, so to speak; bare-knuckle stuff.

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Syllabification: bare-knuck·le

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