: free of restrictions or hampering conventions
a no-holds-barred contest

Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of no-holds-barred was in 1961

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“No-holds-barred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no-holds-barred. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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