Barehanded



with hands uncovered:
He caught the baseball barehanded.
without tools, weapons, or other means:
foolishly coming barehanded to the besieged city.
Historical Examples

Were he alone with Armand, he would hurl himself at him and try to kill him, barehanded.
Shaman Robert Shea

You can’t just walk in on a Throg barehanded and be bound by orders such as that!
Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton

It was so warm in the sun that we sat about bareheaded and barehanded, yet not a frost-needle melted.
A Northern Countryside Rosalind Richards

Wouldn’t it have been better to attack the Indians barehanded and be killed than to let that happen?
Shaman Robert Shea

Put it up to Hallock barehanded: if he comes in, all right; if not, you’ll put him where he’ll wear stripes.
The Taming of Red Butte Western Francis Lynde

I couldn’t even get to him barehanded because of his shield and the binder field.
Sight Gag Laurence Mark Janifer

His knife he had not: barehanded he fought, frenzied by loathing of the foul monster, the foulest the sea breeds.
The Unknown Sea Clemence Housman

Anyway we fell into each other’s arms and went at it barehanded.
A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes

He arose on shaky legs and desperately offered to prove his fitness by a barehanded six-round bout with his commanding officer.
The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel

He could not handle it with sufficient exactness with his mitts on, and he froze his fingers doing it barehanded.
The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley) Hudson Stuck

adverb, adjective
without weapons, tools, etc
with hands uncovered
adj.

also bare-handed, mid-15c., from bare (adj.) + handed.

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