With one’s hands but without tools, weapons, or other implements. For example, Jean assembled the new stove with her bare hands. This phrase, first recorded in 1604, extends the literal meaning, “with uncovered (that is, without gloves) and hence unprotected hands,” to “unaided by implements.”
with the head uncovered. Contemporary Examples After so many centuries of dull black-and-white, he led us bareheaded into an outdoor, Technicolor future. This Is Why Your Kid Is Fat Kent Sepkowitz November 24, 2013 He congratulated me on having lived for a week bareheaded in East Texas without getting beaten with a tire iron. ‘The […]
a city in N central Uttar Pradesh, in N India. Historical Examples We remained in Bareilly from May till October in comparative peace. Reminiscences of the Great Mutiny 1857-59 William Forbes-Mitchell He had checked Bareilly, so I wired your friend Dwarka there. Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda A good-natured civilian at Bareilly offered to […]
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an infinitive verb form without to, used with certain auxiliary verbs , as in I must go. All I did was ask. We might win.
(of a prizefight, prizefighter, etc.) without boxing gloves; using the bare fists. without conventional niceties; rough-and-tumble. without boxing gloves. in a rough-and-tumble manner.