gloves are off

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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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gloves are off

  1. People are arguing or competing without regard to their actions or each other's feelings.
    The gloves are off in this match; both teams are purposely committing fouls against opposing players!

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