no-holds-barred love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Open and unrestrained: "These paintings and charcoal drawings . . . are slightly tame compared with the no-holds-barred forcefulness of his self-generated vision” ( Christopher Andreae).

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of no holds barred.


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  • But it could just as easily refer to the no-holds-barred battles we are watching in Libya and Syria.

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  • Originally called no-holds-barred fighting, variations of MMA date back to at least the late 1800s.

  • Nothing beats Las Vegas for a no-holds-barred girlfriend getaway celebration.

    Dr. Irene S. Levine: Q& A With Valerie Rains, Editor of Budget Travel's Girlfriend Getaways

  • This turned out to be the author of The Skinback Fusiliers, a no-holds-barred exposé.

    Hugh Muir's Diary

  • We revelled in the brawling activity of Camaron-Sabalo, the tourist district's frenetic four lane main street which bursts gaily into this north end of Mazatlan from the El Centro area, and from an equally boisterous Avenue Rafael Buelna, the no-holds-barred thoroughfare bleeding traffic from the main highway to Guadalajara.

    Mazatlan: Tequila, tans and working stiffs

  • So why not turn Adrianna into a full-on, no-holds-barred, Brenda Walsh-caliber Cruella de Hills?

    Watercooler: Is Adrianna the New Bad Girl of 90210?

  • Clegg launched a no-holds-barred attack on Labour in Sheffield – where he is MP for the Hallam constituency – accusing the party of "the worst kind of bullying, carping, sneering, infantile politics, straight out of the playground".

    Labour claims coalition wants joint candidates

  • Strangely, in terms of business, Tatum is not driven by a desire for great profit, which like many journalists, might disqualify her and them from the bruising, no-holds-barred world of free-market enterprise.

    Robert Schwab: Media Salad: Tossed Into Business

  • Aggressive, no-holds-barred lobbying from some big Wall Street players combined with intense campaigns launched by special interest groups with massive budgets for one purpose: to stop the creation of the consumer bureau.

    Warren slams opponents of new consumer bureau for trying to 'chip away at its independence'

  • Shameless is what you might expect of a no-holds-barred family drama on pay cable: reckless, raw and always a bit much — especially when it comes to a preposterous character like Joan Cusack as a neurotic, agoraphobic, psycho/nympho housewife who we first meet when Lip tutors her daughter in sessions that go predictably ribald.

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