One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express the notion that something will be done in an uncompromising or ruthless way.‘for the banks chasing this growing business, the gloves are now definitely off’
- ‘The nominations have been confirmed and the gloves are off - the candidates for next month's elections are squaring up for their May 1st showdown.’
- ‘I love it when we can all take the gloves off and tell each other what we really think.’
- ‘But as soon as the bell goes for the first pint the gloves are off.’
- ‘But I think probably the first thing to do would be to really take the gloves off with the air campaign.’
- ‘‘They're definitely taking the gloves off,’ said the source.’
- ‘It is time to take the gloves off and treat criminal organisations with the only weapon that will do the job - that is, take away their ill-gotten gains.’
- ‘‘Up to now they've been cautious for obvious reasons, but now is the time to take the gloves off,’ he said at the workshop.’
- ‘This is car parking with the gloves off, so to speak; bare-knuckle stuff.’
- ‘Let's finally take the gloves off here and start calling a spade a spade.’
- ‘Most Australians are very approachable and happy-go-lucky, but once you get them on the field the gloves are off.’
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