Definitions

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  • adj. characterized by disorderly action and disregard for rules

Etymologies

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Examples

  • But a bare-knuckled political rival won't forget or forgive past slights.

    The Rise and Fall of Yulia Tymoshenko

  • The former Pennsylvania senator, known in Congress for bare-knuckled fights on social issues, stuck to his blue-collar theme in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    Challenges Mount for Rick Santorum

  • Behind the disputes over economic policy lay a bare-knuckled fight for power.

    The Return

  • And in the nightmarish world of The Foundation Pit, too, a similar tenderness, however bare-knuckled, can be discerned.

    From the editor

  • While the journalistic head yearns toward a middle-class living, the respect of those in power, maybe a seat at the table and a small trophy or two, many a heart also thumped for the hard-drinking, bare-knuckled access to what Black condescendingly branded "the lumpenproletariat" readership of traditional tabs: Jimmy Breslin speaks truth to power.

    Robert Teitelman: Murdoch, Britain and the Tabloid Mentality

  • Evidence of that bare-knuckled strategy can be seen in the treatment of Stephanie McIlvain, one of the most recent witnesses to receive a subpoena to appear before the grand jury.

    Jonathan Littman: Lance Armstrong Witnesses on Hot Seat

  • Mr. Perry's attraction may come from his record of governing the nation's second-largest state for 10 years, combined with his reputation as a bare-knuckled conservative.

    GOP Race Gains Focus as Pawlenty Says Goodbye

  • The Wisconsin GOP kept up its bare-knuckled tactics of passing the law with tens of thousands protesting outside the statehouse, with the state's Democrats out of state in absentia.

    John Wellington Ennis: Recalling Randy Hopper

  • Henry Paulson has received widespread acclaim for his bare-knuckled decision-making as the treasury secretary at the peak of the 2008 financial crisis, but former federal regulators say he missed multiple chances to contain the disaster.

    How Hank Paulson's Inaction Helped Goldman Sachs

  • Henry Paulson has received widespread acclaim for his bare-knuckled decision-making as the treasury secretary at the peak of the 2008 financial crisis, but former federal ...

    How Hank Paulson's Inaction Helped Goldman Sachs

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