no holds barred

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no holds barred (not comparable)

  1. (wrestling) Without restrictions on holds or what opponents may do.
    a no holds barred match
  2. (figurative) Having absolutely no limits or restrictions as far as the levels and nature of one's hostilities and offense; taking to an especially ruthless or vicious manner.
    a no holds barred debating style that quickly transformed into cheap shots and bickering
    • 2021 March 22, Neil Vigdor; Michael Majchrowicz; Azi Paybarah, “Miami Beach, Overwhelmed by Spring Break, Extends Emergency Curfew”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      Among them was Ryan Ferchaud, 37, a tourist from Memphis who mostly faulted groups of college students for what she said was their no-holds-barred attitude regarding the mayhem.
    • 2022 February 28, Steven Erlanger, quoting Douglas Lute, “After a Fumbled Start, Russian Forces Hit Harder in Ukraine”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      “But the Russian doctrine of mass firing and no holds barred was visible in Chechnya, and there is the potential that Russia will get its act together tactically, and that will result in mass fire against population centers.”


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