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bar from

To prohibit someone from a certain place or thing. My rude comments got me barred from that website. My friends and I were barred from that restaurant after we got into fight there. I bar you from every coming in here again.
See also: bar

no holds barred

Having no restraints or restrictions. (An allusion to wrestling, in which certain holds are disallowed. Usually used before a noun, in which case it is hyphenated.) Her no-holds-barred interview of the president has been making waves across the nation. The play is a no-holds-barred indictment of religion. I could hear them arguing no olds barred.
See also: barred, hold

no holds barred

Fig. with no restraints. (Alludes to a wrestling match in which all holds are legal.) I intend to argue it out with Mary, no holds barred. When Ann negotiates a contract, she goes in with no holds barred and comes out with a good contract.
See also: barred, hold

no holds barred

Without any restrictions, as in Telephone companies are entering the market for Internet users with no holds barred. This expression comes from wrestling, where certain holds are illegal, or barred, and has been used figuratively since about 1940.
See also: barred, hold

no-holds-barred

COMMON You use no-holds-barred to describe something which is done in a forceful or extreme way, without any limits. Jones had a no-holds-barred approach to the game of football. Note: This expression refers to a wrestling match in which many of the usual rules do not apply, and so competitors can hold their opponent in any way they like.

no holds barred

no rules or restrictions apply in a particular conflict or dispute.
No holds barred was originally a phrase used only in wrestling, where it indicated that there were no restrictions on the kinds of holds used.
See also: barred, hold

(with) ˌno ˌholds ˈbarred

(of fighting, competition, etc.) with no or very few rules or restrictions: This started off as a very clean election campaign, but now it’s no holds barred.a no-holds-barred row over the latest political scandal
In wrestling, no holds barred means that there are no rules about which ways of holding your opponent are allowed and which are not.
See also: barred, hold

no holds barred

mod. without restriction. (There is no affirmative version of this.) I want you to get that contract. Do anything—no holds barred.
See also: barred, hold

no holds barred

Without limits, regulations, or restraints.
See also: barred, hold
References in classic literature ?
Against these far stretches of country rose, in front of the other city edifices, a large red-brick building, with level gray roofs, and rows of short barred windows bespeaking captivity, the whole contrasting greatly by its formalism with the quaint irregularities of the Gothic erections.
The quagga, though so plainly barred like a zebra over the body, is without bars on the legs; but Dr.
In four coloured drawings, which I have seen, of hybrids between the ass and zebra, the legs were much more plainly barred than the rest of the body; and in one of them there was a double shoulder-stripe.
The Yellow Room has but one barred window--the bars of which have not been moved--and only one door, which had to be broken open--and the assassin was not found
As the murderer got away, I conceive that he found a window that was not barred,--that of the vestibule, which opens on to the park,--that is to say, into the interior of the estate.
Yes; there is a window, or rather skylight, in it, which, as it looks out towards the country, Monsieur Stangerson has had barred, like the rest of the windows.
Publicity for the case led to a second lawsuit a month later by a group of women alleging that in three separate incidents they were barred from entering the club or were asked to leave because they were perceived to be part of bachelorette parties, According to court documents, in one instance a woman alleged that she was told, "You are not gay enough.