gloves are off

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the sport of boxing.

Phrase[edit]

gloves are off

  1. (idiomatic) To argue or compete without regard to one's actions or feelings
    The gloves are off in this match; both teams are purposefully committing fouls against opposing players!'
  2. (literally) From the sport of boxing where competitors fistfight wearing padded gloves; removing the gloves during a fight could result in serious physical injury

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