take gloves off

take the gloves off

To stop restricting one's emotions and do something with all of one's focus, energy, skill, or determination. It's time for the prosecution to take the gloves off and introduce their key witness. You can tell that she's taken the gloves off now; just look at the ferocity and focus in her eyes.
See also: glove, off, take

take one's gloves off

Fig. to stop being calm or civil and show an intention of winning a dispute by any means. (As if boxers were to remove their gloves in order to inflict more damage. See also The gloves are off.) Both of them took their gloves off and really began arguing.
See also: glove, off, take