bare-knuckle

adjective or adverb
bare-knuck·​le | \ˈber-ˈnə-kəl \
variants: or less commonly bare-knuckled \ˈber-​ˈnə-​kəld \ or bare-knuckles \ˈber-​ˈnə-​kəlz \

Definition of bare-knuckle 

1 : not using boxing gloves champion bare-knuckle prizefighter of England— Dennis Craig when men fought bare-knuckle

2 : having a fierce unrelenting character bare-knuckle politics

First Known Use of bare-knuckle

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bare-knuckle was in 1882

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bare-knuckle

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bare-knuckle

: without boxing gloves

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