Definitions

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  • adjective characterized by disorderly action and disregard for rules

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Examples

  • 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

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

    From the editor

  • 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

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

    A Different Stripe:

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

    Translation

  • 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

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

    The Rise and Fall of Yulia Tymoshenko

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

    The Return

  • 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

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