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with the fists bare:
a fierce, barefisted fight; to fight barefisted.


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  • 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 […]

  • Bare hands, with one’s

    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.”

  • Bareheaded

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