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(bâr′nŭk′əl) or bare-knuck·led (-əld)
Without boxing gloves: fighting bare-knuckle.
1. Wearing no boxing gloves: an undefeated bare-knuckle champion.
2. Unrestrained by scruples: bare-knuckle business tactics.
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Adj.1.bare-knuckled - characterized by disorderly action and disregard for rules; "a rough-and-tumble fight"; "rough-and-tumble politics"; "undisguised bare-knuckle capitalism"
disorderly - undisciplined and unruly; "disorderly youths"; "disorderly conduct"
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