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

Examples of no-holds-barred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The no-holds-barred, no gloves, everything-goes fighting had been happening in Brazil for many years. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, 13 Apr. 2024

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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 25 May. 2024.

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