with the gloves off


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with the gloves off

1. adjective Prepared or inclined to speak or act in a tough, merciless, and unbridled manner. This is the president with the gloves off, addressing his critics and detractors in a way he never would have when he was running for re-election. The aggressive response to the takeover threat gives the impression of a company with the gloves off.
2. adverb In an unbridled and aggressively forthright manner. The senator has been addressing the public with the gloves off lately, unafraid to give his true opinion of any topic or fellow politician. She's my favorite author because she always writes with the gloves off.
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with the gloves off

With or ready to dispense rough treatment, as in Prepared to oppose the council, the mayor marched into the meeting with the gloves off . This idiom alludes to old-style boxing, when gloves were not used. [Early 1800s]
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with the gloves off

Rough treatment. This term alludes to the old style of boxing, in which the combatants fought barehanded; it is the opposite of handling someone with kid gloves. “Marion County has been handled without gloves,” wrote Adiel Sherwood in his Gazetteer of the State of Georgia (1827).
See also: glove, off