Definition of bare in US English:

bare

adjective

  • 1(of a person or part of the body) not clothed or covered.

    ‘he was bare from the waist up’
    ‘she padded in bare feet towards the door’
    • ‘Water dripped off of Melissa's bare body, and the woman's clothing soaked some off of her flesh.’
    • ‘The sheets were gathered around his waist and his upper body was bare.’
    • ‘David jerked upright in his bed, the sheet falling off of the upper half of his body to reveal his bare torso covered in sweat.’
    • ‘I looked down at my feet and sure enough, they were bare.’
    • ‘From now on, in the name of safety, it's a Lycra body stocking and bare feet for me.’
    • ‘Mr Cunningham stood there, an amused, appreciative look on his face as his gaze swept my almost bare figure.’
    • ‘As Erik rose to his feet in the shallow waters she could see that he was again bare to the waist, except for a white bandage wrapped around his left bicep.’
    • ‘He folded his arms across his chest, drawing my attention to them and making me notice that they were fully bare from the shoulder downwards.’
    • ‘‘I need a cup of coffee, and badly,’ he decided as he got out of bed and threw a robe on, covering his bare body.’
    • ‘As I listened to the man ramble on and on, I envisioned myself on a beach, the waves rolling toward my bare body sprawled out on the soft, powdery sand.’
    • ‘The only bummer is when I look at my bare body in the mirror.’
    • ‘A thin dark-colored membrane of some sort covered his bare body snugly.’
    • ‘She lifted the side of the towel and saw she was bare under it and her eyes widened, pulling the towel tightly back around her.’
    • ‘He certainly doesn't look uncomfortable, relaxing back in a reclining chair, one of his bare feet covered by a towel while Sally works on the other.’
    • ‘They shared a white sheet covering their bare body from the waist down.’
    • ‘It is all right and there is a bare lady in it, so it is well worth a look - though surprisingly the theatre was pretty empty.’
    • ‘Fabyein's broad back was turned to her; his sun-darkened body was bare beneath the covers.’
    • ‘It'd sound really drastic if I told you they were all bare, but I never realized how much hair I had on my body until I started doing this.’
    • ‘They wrapped about one leg, leaving the other bare, covered her body, and finally encased her head.’
    • ‘He was bare from the waist up and Maria could see why he was so strong and fast.’
    naked, unclothed, undressed, uncovered, stripped, with nothing on, in a state of nature, disrobed, unclad, undraped, exposed
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    1. 1.1 Without the appropriate, usual, or natural covering.
      ‘bare floorboards’
      ‘a clump of bare aspen trees’
      • ‘The trees would normally be thick, and snag with clawing branches and deceptive leaves, but now they were bare and skeletal, and seemed so weak.’
      • ‘Roofs seemed to jig unevenly as shingles drooped off of the edges, while many had bare spots with no covering at all.’
      • ‘I love to watch plants grow, covering fences and bare earth.’
      • ‘Usually, performances that are considered brave rely on physical nudity to let the audience know that the actor is emotionally bare.’
      • ‘Covering bare soil with a generous mulch of stable manure or compost is usually only practical for small areas.’
      • ‘They were bare, save for bolts and slider pieces that littered the ground.’
      • ‘Goya shows them sitting on rocks under a bare tree, cutting plugs of contraband tobacco, with a coil of rope on the ground, handy for tying up victims.’
      • ‘Andrew scoured the bare halls for a possible informant; quickly turning and grasping the arm of a passing soldier.’
      • ‘The servant padded off down the bare wooden floorboards.’
      • ‘One time someone ordered this adorable little seaweed that looked like tiny bare tree branches from a winter forest and I missed the name.’
      • ‘How the trees looked so naked and bare with no coverings.’
      • ‘The Royal Native Oyster Stores looks exactly the way you have always wanted a fish restaurant to look: all bare bricks and exposed floorboards and battered tables.’
      • ‘The deciduous trees were just barely in bud; the aspens were as bare as whisk brooms.’
      • ‘The trees are bare, the land is bleak, closed, unproductive and numb, its furrows seemingly incapable of the new life we hope for in the spring.’
      • ‘The walls were painted a warm shade of green and besides a few prints of famous paintings and a single photo of his family they were completely bare.’
      • ‘Whereas in the other rooms columns formed two symmetrical rows along the sides of the hall, this hall was completely bare.’
      • ‘At the riverside, hawthorns, oaks, beeches and other trees stand stark and bare.’
      • ‘Beds are set on platforms or suspended from ceilings, bathtubs are hewn from blocks of black granite or pale limestone, and the bare wood floorboards are wide, limed and lacquered.’
      • ‘The green fields were blackened and the trees had been stripped bare by locusts.’
      • ‘The floor was left bare because floor coverings would have been ruined by tobacco spit.’
      uncovered, uncarpeted, unpainted, unvarnished
      barren, bleak, exposed, desolate, stark, arid, desert, denuded, lunar
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    2. 1.2 Without the appropriate or usual contents.
      ‘a bare cell with just a mattress’
      • ‘Vulnerable people who have committed no crime and pose no threat to society are regularly forced to wait in bare cells before they get specialist treatment.’
      • ‘Griffith looked inside the first window and saw that it was an empty bare room with a single white bed inside, with a heavy metal door inside that resembled a safe door.’
      • ‘Behind it was something of a hidden room - bare, empty, but still there.’
      • ‘For better or for worse, the room was Spartan, almost bare.’
      • ‘They were headed farther down, several levels below the room they'd been in the day before, hoping to find more than empty rooms and bare alcoves.’
      • ‘When I located the store, it looked suspiciously bare, numerous empty displays, etc.’
      • ‘Children told me of having their rooms stripped bare and the contents thrown into the corridor.’
      • ‘With a quick glance at the bare cupboards and empty refrigerator, came the realization that John was not used to eating at home.’
      • ‘The stage is bare and empty, it looks like a typical display of Volksbühne churlishness, ingeniousness and fractiousness.’
      • ‘As Meg brought Scott down to the car after the moving men had carried off all the stuff, Julia walked around in the empty and bare apartment.’
      • ‘Although the garden is looking spartan it's not bare.’
      • ‘In the dry season, all life moves north, leaving the southern plains disappointingly bare and empty.’
      • ‘Before my eyes was a large, empty chamber, bare save for an interesting pattern etched upon the floor and a weapon rack by the entrance.’
      • ‘James lives in a bare cell of a bedroom - only allowed out to do the housework - until he's rescued from his miserable existence by a magical giant peach and ends up famous in New York.’
      • ‘The individual cells were tiny, bare closets with no amenities, and were designed to be too short to lie down in.’
      • ‘After Mass the Blessed Eucharist was brought to the Altar of Repose and the Tabernacle was left open, bare and empty.’
      • ‘We were at pretty close to 100 percent occupancy of recreational vehicles and now they are bare, those parks.’
      • ‘Their prison cell was stripped bare because it was assumed that, as protesters, they would destroy everything they could.’
      • ‘She opened the light green fridge, an odd colour but it was just regular by Val's standards, and rummaged through the bare contents.’
      • ‘He was in a plain, bare cell with bars and the whole bit.’
      empty, emptied, unfurnished, vacant, clear, cleared, free, stark, austere, spartan, unadorned, unembellished, unornamented, unfussy, plain
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    3. 1.3bare of Devoid of; without.
      ‘the interior was bare of plaster’
      • ‘It seemed as if everyone was there, within it - there was no need to leave, and so the roads were bare of the cars and life that was apparent less than a mile away.’
      • ‘December 9, 1976, was a cold, windy day in Washington County, Ill., though the ground was still bare of snow.’
      • ‘Mountainsides were stripped bare of every tree and sapling.’
      • ‘Stripped bare of his most elemental weaponry, and left to fend for him - or her - self, the strategic choices appear to be panic, blame gaming, and fatalistic resolve.’
      • ‘At the south end, where Alitak Bay is, the windswept hills are mostly bare of trees, covered instead by tundra, bushes, and grassland.’
      • ‘Cromorsky didn't believe in extravagance and so kept his office bare of anything that would make any other person's office more comfortable.’
      • ‘After three days of waiting, in winds that blew that bottom coastal end of Iceland bare of snow, and anything that wasn't anchored, maintenance was still unable to find a replacement vent.’
      • ‘Only the west-facing areas of the limestone, marble, and quartz, which get the brunt of the afternoon sunshine, remain dry and nearly bare of vegetation.’
      • ‘‘Black Mountain poetry is stripped bare of everything,’ an acolyte of Frank O'Hara said.’
      • ‘Large areas of Vietnam were stripped bare of vegetation, and as much as half of the country's mangrove forests were wiped out.’
      • ‘The house looked just the same as it had when I'd left, except the basketball hoop in the front yard was gone and was replaced by a small oak tree that was bare of leaves.’
      • ‘At a rapid pace, Shun's hand began to curl up and his fingers disappeared, leaving his fist bare of appendages, and the flesh on it suddenly hardened into a sort of bone.’
      • ‘Jera couldn't help but notice that her flat stomach and the area below her waistline was also bare of the silky black fur that covered her arms, legs, head, and torso.’
      • ‘An overwhelming and almost unbearably pure state of compassion or devotional yearning strips the mind bare of conceptual veils so that awareness is revealed in its most naked state.’
      • ‘Two, we'd be propping up a regime that has so many of its 22 million subjects go hungry that the capital city is bare of vegetation, including grass.’
      • ‘This does not mean that the whole Sierra was bare of trees, only that certain parts of the Sierra nearer to villages were converted to pasture and that some of those areas have reforested since.’
      • ‘His chest was bare of hair and his shoulders were wide.’
      • ‘And he started to sort of to peel away at it, and before she knew it, he had stripped it bare of its golden veneer.’
      • ‘The shelf was bare of any decoration, as were the walls.’
      • ‘A second problem is that heavily used Army training areas are becoming bare of vegetation because of constant traffic from heavy equipment and foot soldiers.’
      empty of, emptied of, without, lacking, devoid of, bereft of, wanting, deprived of, destitute of, free from
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    4. 1.4 Unconcealed; without disguise.
      ‘an ordeal that would lay bare a troubled family background’
  • 2Without addition; basic and simple.

    ‘he outlined the bare essentials of the story’
    ‘a strange, bare production of Twelfth Night’
    • ‘Their kids would probably be plain, bare and simple-minded.’
    • ‘McCauley's black and white photographs of sinks and other built-in fixtures show the bare essentials of a home.’
    • ‘The bare figures, however, conceal the fact that domestic inflation is still stubbornly high.’
    • ‘By doing this, Waits has stripped the music down to its bare elements - raw blues, world beats and bare folk - and this does not always work.’
    • ‘The most plausible accounts of the Buddha's life before and during the awakening are found in bare and simple narratives in which the Buddha seems to speak of his own experience.’
    • ‘So appealing to rights communicates more than does the bare appeal to basic capabilities, without any further ethical argument of the sort I have supplied.’
    • ‘In general he eschewed complicated effects of pulsating or flashing lights, preferring a bare and simple presentation that brought him within the orbit of Minimal art.’
    • ‘This is fine for the wilderness backpacker, but those who want to carry a little more than just the bare essentials are nowadays more or less confined to official camp sites.’
    • ‘It is not bare production according to the direction, is it?’
    • ‘For all that, the staging will be simple, a bare set putting the focus on the performers' physical presence.’
    • ‘The wooden table was bare and simple here, with only a single fork as a utensil.’
    • ‘For the most part, this is a bare basics album with Branch's voice and guitar always very much to the fore.’
    • ‘Nothing covered the doors; they were just bare brown wooden doors.’
    • ‘Typical of Beckett's later preoccupation with the art of minimalism, this performance cuts the story down to the bare essentials.’
    • ‘Nicole told Tommy that she liked the simple, bare hotel room.’
    • ‘It was pretty basic with all the bare necessities and most importantly it had running water and proper loos.’
    • ‘Although a mostly bare production, in that it relied almost entirely on acting rather than stagecraft, this Twelfth Night had elements of the spectacular about it.’
    • ‘Jonathan Miller's bare, contemporary production of Cosi Fan Tutte set tongues wagging at its first outing in 1995, for its Armani costumes.’
    • ‘Believed to be crammed with as many as 10,000 inmates at any given time, Insein is perennially short of bare essential supplies.’
    straightforward, plain, simple, basic, pure, essential, bare-bones, fundamental, stripped down, cut down, stark, bald, cold, hard
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    1. 2.1attributive Only just sufficient.
      ‘a bare majority’
      • ‘Since I haven't read anybody else saying it yet, I'll jump up and be the first: they should be fired, at a bare minimum.’
      • ‘It is laid out in an area the size of a football field and represented with the bare minimum of stage furniture.’
      • ‘Even though a rather big ‘I’ features in the major part of the narration, references to the family are limited to the bare minimum.’
      • ‘By his calculations, the Conservatives need to make 158 gains to achieve a bare majority, and substantially more than 200 seats are up for grabs.’
      • ‘It is, your Honour, it is an extraordinary case, but at last the Supreme Court got it right, if by a mere bare majority.’
      • ‘Households have the bare minimum of furniture, with mattresses spread on the floor at night for beds.’
      • ‘Keep your contemporary furniture choices to a bare minimum.’
      • ‘For its part, the health board claims that the applications currently submitted constitute a bare minimum of the health services needed in the community.’
      • ‘Even with the doctor's notes, I was given bare minimum to live on, and was forced to pay for most of the medications I needed to take around the clock in order to breathe.’
      • ‘In trying to keep council services to a bare minimum, they are yet again lining up another key service for closure.’
      • ‘His was a plain room, with white walls and a bare minimum of furniture.’
      • ‘The kindness I encountered last year is absent; a western face brings a sullen welcome, calibrated to the bare minimum.’
      • ‘Granted, some still get by with the bare minimum, but the great majority produce work of much higher quality than 20 years ago.’
      • ‘Yesterday I did less than the bare minimum of work.’
      • ‘And yet, for taking the bare minimum steps necessary to save the lives of its citizens in recent years Israel has been mercilessly berated by virtually the entire world.’
      • ‘According to recent opinion polls, a bare majority of the American public believes that the situation in Iraq will not improve in the near future.’
      • ‘In the law, God commands the bare minimum of what is required of us; in liturgy he seeks to pour out the riches of what he wishes to give us: himself.’
      • ‘The walls were all white and what furniture there was in the room was kept to a bare minimum, with only two chairs on one side of the bed.’
      • ‘A new survey had found that ‘a bare majority’ did see improvements, but just under half thought Edexcel's services were getting worse.’
      • ‘Journalists spend an extraordinary amount of time paring the information in their copy down to the bare minimum, especially in the all-important lead paragraph.’
      trifling, meagre, trivial, paltry, basic, scant, scanty, skimpy, minimal, slender
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    2. 2.2attributive Surprisingly small in number or amount.
      ‘all you need to get started with this program is a bare 10K bytes of memory’
      • ‘And ran out bare minutes later with generous amounts of local brie, stilton and mature cheddar, plus a box of mixed highland soft cheeses and some oatcakes.’
      • ‘The bare amount of light it cast illuminated the western sky in a gorgeous rainbow of pinks, yellows, and oranges.’
      • ‘I put the bare amount of makeup on with trembling hands… wondering if now would be a good time to take up alcoholism with a vengeance.’
      • ‘He only drank the bare amount of blood he needed to stay alive from Elvadriewyn.’
      • ‘Nine's reluctance to issue ratings reports during the Olympics lasted a day, with the channel releasing bare figures this morning.’
      mere, no more than, no better than, just a, only a, simple, sheer, very, basic
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verb

[with object]
  • Uncover (a part of the body or other thing) and expose it to view.

    ‘he bared his chest to show his scar’
    • ‘With Britney baring her belly every chance she gets, tummies are getting more attention than ever.’
    • ‘These women baring their upper bodies to the sun are a healthy expression of unselfconsciousness.’
    • ‘They watch too much MuchMusic and need to idolise somebody who isn't baring her midriff.’
    • ‘This means having my winter boots surgically removed and baring my feet to the world.’
    • ‘My statue of Jesus baring his bleeding heart has everything to do with kitsch and nothing to do with religious fanaticism.’
    • ‘One of the prisoners bared his back after his initial arrest to reveal open welts allegedly caused by baton and rubber hoses.’
    • ‘On the other hand, they have him baring his chest, and wearing a vest in a song.’
    • ‘Why do males get away with baring their chests without coming under fire by critics?’
    • ‘Now, I have a bit of a problem though - one of the outfits means I will be baring bits of skin that don't usually see the light of day.’
    • ‘Jennifer Lopez scotched rumours that she is pregnant by baring her stomach on live TV yesterday..’
    • ‘Though what we see is a woman lifting her shift and baring her legs, she is not inviting observation.’
    • ‘Inside the mill dampness is baring the wood made bricks after nearly 150 years, and requires some action.’
    • ‘Eighteen months ago Finnigan suffered the embarrassment of baring her bra to the nation during a TV award show.’
    • ‘The Comte rushed to help her, and as she seemed to be stifling, cut her bodice open with his dagger, baring her shoulder.’
    • ‘Gaumont never did answer the question of whether she'd be baring it all in the show.’
    • ‘He also has gnomes baring their backsides, and a scattering of fake skulls, but he said all of these were just part of who he was.’
    • ‘It opens with a glistening Moore in skintight, mid-riff baring workout clothes doing yoga.’
    • ‘He grinned rather shyly at us, baring an impressive row of gold teeth, but clearly did not know what to do with the gadget.’
    • ‘King Mswati III of Swaziland was forced to revoke an edict making it an offence to ridicule the royals by baring buttocks.’
    uncover, strip, lay bare, undress, unclothe, denude, unveil, unmask
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determiner

British
informal
  • A large amount or number of.

    ‘I've got bare work to do’
    • ‘Why are bare peeps I don't know adding me on FB?’
    • ‘Must take actors bare time to learn lines.’
    • ‘I remember the days I thought £1000 was bare money.’
    • ‘I've applied for bare jobs.’
    • ‘Got bare work to do tomoz.’
    • ‘As you can see I write bare tweets when I'm bored.’
    • ‘Happy birthday, hope you get bare cash.’
    • ‘I feel like this girl invites bare people to her baby shower just for the gifts.’
    • ‘I'm just realizing that I have bare shoes.’
    • ‘I put in bare work in the studio today.’

adverb

British
informal
  • as submodifier Very; really (used as an intensifier)

    ‘you are bare lazy’
    • ‘She looks bare pleased with herself!’
    • ‘Why is everyone so depressed lately? I'm bare happy!’
    • ‘Last night was bare weird.’
    • ‘Got caught in the rain and now am bare wet.’
    • ‘Everything was bare cheap back then.’
    • ‘My Mum's bare happy today.’
    • ‘Jessie J's Alive album is bare good.’
    • ‘I'm getting bare mad at this phone.’
    • ‘He used to make bare good music.’
    • ‘I wake up bare starving every morning.’

Phrases

  • bare all

    • Take off all of one's clothes and display oneself to others.

      ‘Lysette bared all for Playboy in 1988’
      • ‘A sculpture of a woman baring all has just gone on show at a North Yorkshire church - and already some indignant worshippers are asking for it to be removed to spare their blushes.’
      • ‘‘It was quite bizarre baring all together, but we just got on with it,’ said Kate.’
      • ‘Credit to the dancer who bares all in a display that is more fitting of the mainstream Hollywood film genre.’
      • ‘When I was a girl, I thought nudists were weird and I never imagined it would be me baring all.’
      • ‘After walking more than a mile down the side of the dual carriageway, officers in the police patrol car spotted the brothers baring all.’
      • ‘For that to continue and make every single show like a naked performance, I think that's what people want in general, they want to see a band that bares all.’
      • ‘The show is about innuendo rather than baring all, but for Burnett it still meant holding his breath and taking the plunge.’
      • ‘Reilly says she and the other four tableau actresses bonded through baring all: ‘When you're up there with no clothes on, you've got nothing to hide behind.’’
      • ‘In the news environment I was seldom exposed to nude photography, although one of my first assignments happened to be of supermodels baring all to save Table Mountain.’
      • ‘Vanessa Olivarez - First to be voted out of the finalist round, we all know Vanessa quickly shed her clothes to bare all for PETA.’
      • ‘Under the leadership of builder Andy Little, they teamed up and presented a Full Monty-style show, baring all in front of two sell-out audiences of women.’
      • ‘The idea of 12 mature ladies - mostly from the Hamble area - baring all for charity might have sent shockwaves through the marine world.’
      • ‘Mirren and Walters will be baring all in turn when the film is released later this year.’
      • ‘There is nothing like the thought of baring all in a bikini to keep your hand out of the biscuit barrel.’
      • ‘I can't say I was too thrilled at the prospect of baring all, but therapist Caroline is obviously well trained in discretion and I soon came to terms with exposing my fatty deposits.’
      • ‘The girls spilled the beans about which cast member is baring all in the film.’
      • ‘He said it was difficult trying to come up with new ideas for the poses but this time the women were much more professional when it came to baring all!’
      • ‘Staff at Geraldton Aquarena are baring all to raise money towards more shade provision.’
      • ‘It is telling how little encouragement folk needed to bare all for public display.’
      • ‘A fan of baring all in his movies (Wild Things - you don't even need to freeze-frame), it transpires Kevin Bacon also likes to do the same in real life.’
  • the bare bones

    • The basic facts about something, without any detail.

      ‘the bare bones of the plot’
      • ‘In general, service was warm and largely efficient throughout our stay, and more than a few members of staff went beyond the bare bones of what was necessary to be helpful.’
      • ‘But maybe I'm just a bit old-school, and think it's better just to show the bare bones.’
      • ‘It cuts the story back to the bare bones but is visually interesting, even for those not very familiar with Shakespeare's text.’
      • ‘In these circumstances a biographer might be wise to say as little as possible beyond the bare bones of recorded fact.’
      • ‘Tim Albery's serious, academic production is unremittingly dark - and why not, when the bare bones of the tale are those of an unrepentant, murderous rapist?’
      • ‘The cropped timespan, 22 minutes in a half hour television broadcast, means that everything must be to the bare bones.’
      • ‘Harold has whittled the text down to the bare bones.’
      • ‘Drawing inspiration from strip-cartoon versions of Shakespeare's plays, the two groups began by stripping the stories to the bare bones and building their plays from there.’
      • ‘I had lunch, wrote the bare bones of the piece, e-mailed it to the office, drove to HQ, and rewrote the piece.’
      • ‘I wrote a story in early 2001 outlining the bare bones of what was known about the Bank, which was very little.’
      • ‘He knows audiences expect it, crave it, and gives them the bare bones, in a sometimes naturalistic, sometimes stylised mixture of English, French, Chinese and Japanese.’
      • ‘‘He was happy that the bare bones of the story were right, and that people should know the truth about what happened,’ Kehoe says.’
      • ‘But it's that kind of show, using the bare bones of what went before to create a new series to capture new fans, and with a twist ending which just begs for a new series I think it will do just that.’
      • ‘This story, to give just the bare bones of it, is told by the sole survivor of a Pacific Ocean shipwreck, who drifts for 7 months in a lifeboat along with a Bengal tiger.’
      • ‘Their reply second time around amounted to no more than 100 words, recounting the bare bones of the Ms deVere's employment history.’
      • ‘There was a graphic style and a story, or at least the bare bones of one, that were very gripping.’
      • ‘Menus are stripped down to the bare bones for quick navigation, and the hot news topic is always placed at the top of the home page - whether that be football scores or the latest vote counts in elections.’
      • ‘He's based the bare bones of his screenplay on our family!’
      • ‘It describes the bare bones of the plot, if you can call it that.’
      • ‘And so we move with the times, stripping Twin Peaks down to the bare bones in an attempt to understand why our sense of fondness for it still lingers.’
  • bare one's soul

    • Reveal one's innermost secrets and feelings to someone.

      • ‘Night after night there was someone baring their soul on national TV creating their own live and unplugged soap opera.’
      • ‘Nevin the wordsmith goes into overdrive as he pours out his heart and bares his soul in songs such as The One I Love, Absent Friend and Turn Around.’
      • ‘Perhaps you think baring your soul so poetically will make you irresistible, but to me it sounds condescending and self-deceptive.’
      • ‘I had extended myself, baring my soul to another who had once done the same for me.’
      • ‘On that day I bare my soul, make myself vulnerable to friends and family by expressing my feelings.’
      • ‘Apart from baring my soul to the millions of people online - well the half dozen or so who read my thingy at least - I've not really done much.’
      • ‘The anti-war agitator and an ex-Labour Party MP, George Galloway, bares his soul in an interview with the ‘Guardian’.’
      • ‘Springsteen, on the other hand, with often a simpler music, bares his soul, and tears out your heart.’
      • ‘What sort of person bares her soul to pollsters for upward of an hour - and during the holiday season yet?’
      • ‘In Flavour of the Week, writer/performer Alix Sobler keeps her clothes on but bares her soul, playing a young woman who examines her love life while waiting for the results of her STD tests.’
      • ‘One difficult issue in making an autobiographical work is the fear of baring one's soul only to be told that one is self-indulgent or narcissistic, labels that are often placed on autobiographical works.’
      • ‘Funny, sharp, intelligent, a little bit guarded for someone who apparently bares her soul in her weekly columns for a Sunday newspaper, she's as friendly and down-to-earth as her books.’
      • ‘He bares his soul before the judge, who holds the fate of his daughter in his hands.’
      • ‘After all, if someone has bared their soul to you, albeit of their own accord, shouldn't you give a little bit of yourself in return?’
      • ‘Callers find themselves baring their soul almost without knowing it.’
      • ‘The reason I am baring my soul about all this is to caution all the parents of primary schoolchildren out there: be careful what you say.’
      • ‘Isaac Hayes bares his soul about everything from ‘Shaft’ to Scientology.’
      • ‘And for not baring his soul to the media, he surely deserves a merit badge, not a mauling.’
      • ‘Suddenly the safety of the anonymity is vanished and the person is left feeling somewhat vulnerable and exposed, as if they bared their soul to the world.’
      • ‘Delving into echoes of his personal history, Campbell resists this alienation and bares his soul to readers and to the land.’
  • bare one's teeth

    • Show one's teeth, typically when angry.

      • ‘They are a great, big pack of countless mongrels baring their teeth and don't you think for one second that you are safe or that it is George Bush's fault that you are not.’
      • ‘Instead, she bared her teeth in a disgusted sneer.’
      • ‘Nadine shook her head, and instead pulled her lips apart with her fingers and bared her teeth at us.’
      • ‘She walks off with the show, but not before she clomps around the stage, sways drunkenly, spits, bares her teeth and sits obliviously with her dress hanging open, leaving all other actors in the cast lagging behind.’
      • ‘For the first time during the interview, Butler camps it up, waving his arms above his head and baring his teeth.’
      • ‘The ducklings were also shown pictures of a fox baring its teeth, but were less worried when shown a picture of a fox with its mouth closed.’
      • ‘Dace asked, baring his teeth in a fierce, angry grin.’
      • ‘The bride bared her teeth in a rough approximation of a smile; fear radiated from her eyes.’
      • ‘He saw them watching him and bared his teeth in the manner of an angry dog.’
      • ‘One of them latched on to my leg and wouldn't let go while the others circled around, snapping, growling and baring their teeth.’
      • ‘‘No, TRUST me,’ she hissed, baring her teeth. ‘You REALLY REALLY don't want to know.’’
      • ‘A guard emerged from the watchtower, where a sizable Caucasian shepherd bared his teeth.’
      • ‘In the red corner sat a butch, dark-skinned, muscleman baring his teeth.’
      • ‘Fear and aggression can keep us safe - such as the she-wolf who protects her cubs by baring her teeth.’
      • ‘But Mumu is afraid of the landowner and bares her teeth to her.’
      • ‘The third was a lively bay gelding and when we tried to saddle him, he reared up and bared his teeth.’
      • ‘As soon as Sue and I try to approach, the dominant males curl their lips back and bare their teeth.’
      • ‘She bared her teeth - not angry, simply contemplative, eyes shining with all the life that Yami's had lacked.’
      • ‘Desperate for the off, they pawed the ground, bared their teeth and sank their fangs into each other's necks.’
      • ‘The lovely young woman apologetically bared her teeth, not quite smiling.’
  • with one's bare hands

    • Without using tools or weapons.

      • ‘Close up, the news is about voices being heard from beneath rubble, about rescuers digging with their bare hands and sometimes people emerging alive.’
      • ‘Rescue teams backed by bulldozers and earthmovers worked into the night, using torches and removing concrete chunks with their bare hands in search of survivors.’
      • ‘Meantime, they tear into the pig carcasses with their bare hands.’
      • ‘What level are the power generators to the weapon on - I'll destroy that weapon with my bare hands if I have to!’
      • ‘So whether you're fighting with your bare hands, an edged weapon, an impact weapon, pistol, subgun, shotgun, carbine or rifle - it's all from the same position.’
      • ‘The pages never got to practice with someone, as they were all new to blocking weapons with their bare hands and spent the entire hour trying to get it right.’
      • ‘I attacked with my bare hands, rejecting the tools of shellfish eating in favour of the messy approach.’
      • ‘Most of us lack any formal training in self-defense with an edged weapon or even with our bare hands, for that matter.’
      • ‘And that's not counting all the people who practically ran downtown (no cars or subways) to dig it out with their bare hands.’
      • ‘There's a rite of passage in many tribes of taking off all your clothes and going off into the woods to survive with your bare hands.’
      • ‘He said: ‘People have been trying to move big blocks of concrete with their bare hands.’’
      • ‘Storming through the library and taking the lift to the top floor they leapt upon the huge wizard's nest perched on top of the library tower and tore it apart with their bare hands.’
      • ‘In earlier years, Chinese action movies did not draw a large Western audience as the action in such movies mostly involved two people fighting with their bare hands for five minutes.’
      • ‘‘They were there picking up shrapnel with their bare hands,’ says Kenny.’
      • ‘In dozens of villages, many cut off from rescuers by quake-induced landslides, relatives desperate to find their loved ones dug through rubble with their bare hands.’
      • ‘Warriors did not fight with their bare hands, but rather with weapons almost all the time.’
      • ‘Frenchmen should ask themselves how it is possible for a crowd of civilians to demolish a fort with their bare hands while chanting Liberté!’
      • ‘A group of women - made one by the black mystery of their costume - are scrabbling with their bare hands to dig a grave in rocky earth.’
      • ‘Claw at the roots with your bare hands if you must.’
      • ‘What's weirder than catching a catfish with your bare hands?’

Origin

Old English bær (noun), barian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch baar.

Pronunciation

bare

/ber//bɛr/