Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- using bare fists rather than boxing gloves: a bare-knuckle prizefight, to fight bare-knuckle
- without refinement, compromise, etc.; rough: a bare-knuckle legal battle
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Without gloves: boxers fighting bare-knuckle.adjective
- Wearing no gloves: an undefeated bare-knuckle champion.
- Slang Of a fiercely implacable character: the bare-knuckle world of commercial real estate.