no-holds-barred


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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 holds barred.
See also: barred, hold, no

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.
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The book, published by Juggernaut Books, is a no-holds-barred biographical portrait that looks for answers to lingering issues: from why Indira Gandhi revoked the Emergency to her son Sanjay's curious grip over her; and from her bad marriage and love affairs to her dangerous religious politics.
Both have the same voices, same demeanour and personality and the show will be one hour of me just being me, a no-holds-barred hour of banter and craic.
According to Winfrey's website, this will be a no-holds-barred interview with Armstrong, who was stripped of seven Tour de France titles in October.
England's misfiring World Cup squad is to hold a no-holds-barred crisis meeting with manager Fabio Capello this evening, John Terry has revealed.
The magazine combines no-holds-barred sex advice with explicit sexual photos that would be labeled child porn in more "traditional" countries.
Brohaugh (a BBQ judge for more than fifteen years on the Memphis in May circuit) brings to bear his experience and expertise to provide the reader with behind-the-scenes perspectives on what has evolved from backyard grilling for family and friends into a no-holds-barred competitive sport.
Uhtred, a Saxon warrior raised by Danes, gives a no-holds-barred, first-person account of events culminating in the 878 A.
Before you can say, "let the games begin," the Bakers and the Murtaughs enter into a no-holds-barred inter-family competition, with hilarious results.
The one thing Williams does not want is a return with Skelton, the 39-year-old former martial arts fighter he labelled "a true warrior" following their no-holds-barred battle at London's ExCel Arena.
Convenience-store fare, with glossy frontispieces and pulp pages, these no-holds-barred free-wheeling nothing-is-sacred rags surfeit readers with exposes and anti-establishment broadsides.
Volcker's 219-page report pretends to present the results of a no-holds-barred investigation of the multi-billion dollar UN scandal.
The Death of Sardanapalus & Other Poems of the Iraq Wars is an impassioned, no-holds-barred critique written during the first term of President George W.
While I truly believe that the majority in this wonderful country does not want to impose its will upon others, I am compelled as I turn the pages of your publication to shake my head in disbelief at your spoton, no-holds-barred reporting of the insanity that is the Religious Right.
And officers will be giving riders no-holds-barred riding analysis.
BONNYRIGG increased their lead at the top after a no-holds-barred game that saw nine players booked.