no holds barred
See also: 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. (figuratively) 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 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 0362-4331:
    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.
in wrestling: without restrictions on holds or what opponents may do
idiomatic: having absolutely no reserve or restrictions in lengths; in an especially ruthless or vicious manner
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  • Portuguese: sem impedimento (literally “without/no impediments”)
  • Spanish: todo vale(literally “everything is valid”)
See also
pull one's punches
Last edited on 22 March 2021, at 23:47
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