bare-knuckle

adjective or adverb
bare-knuck·​le | \ ˈber-ˈnə-kəl How to pronounce bare-knuckle (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bare-knuckled \ ˈber-​ˈnə-​kəld How to pronounce bare-knuckle (audio) \ or bare-knuckles \ ˈber-​ˈnə-​kəlz How to pronounce bare-knuckle (audio) \

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bare-knuckle. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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