Definition of bare in 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 toward the door’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was bare from the waist up and Maria could see why he was so strong and fast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sheets were gathered around his waist and his upper body was bare.’
    • ‘Water dripped off of Melissa's bare body, and the woman's clothing soaked some off of her flesh.’
    • ‘A thin dark-colored membrane of some sort covered his bare body snugly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They wrapped about one leg, leaving the other bare, covered her body, and finally encased her head.’
    • ‘From now on, in the name of safety, it's a Lycra body stocking and bare feet for me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Cunningham stood there, an amused, appreciative look on his face as his gaze swept my almost bare figure.’
    • ‘I looked down at my feet and sure enough, they were bare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They shared a white sheet covering their bare body from the waist down.’
    • ‘The only bummer is when I look at my bare body in the mirror.’
    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 deciduous trees were just barely in bud; the aspens were as bare as whisk brooms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Andrew scoured the bare halls for a possible informant; quickly turning and grasping the arm of a passing soldier.’
      • ‘I love to watch plants grow, covering fences and bare earth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Roofs seemed to jig unevenly as shingles drooped off of the edges, while many had bare spots with no covering at all.’
      • ‘The floor was left bare because floor coverings would have been ruined by tobacco spit.’
      • ‘Covering bare soil with a generous mulch of stable manure or compost is usually only practical for small areas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were bare, save for bolts and slider pieces that littered the ground.’
      • ‘One time someone ordered this adorable little seaweed that looked like tiny bare tree branches from a winter forest and I missed the name.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How the trees looked so naked and bare with no coverings.’
      • ‘The servant padded off down the bare wooden floorboards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Usually, performances that are considered brave rely on physical nudity to let the audience know that the actor is emotionally bare.’
      • ‘At the riverside, hawthorns, oaks, beeches and other trees stand stark and bare.’
      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’
      • ‘She opened the light green fridge, an odd colour but it was just regular by Val's standards, and rummaged through the bare contents.’
      • ‘After Mass the Blessed Eucharist was brought to the Altar of Repose and the Tabernacle was left open, bare and empty.’
      • ‘In the dry season, all life moves north, leaving the southern plains disappointingly bare and empty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their prison cell was stripped bare because it was assumed that, as protesters, they would destroy everything they could.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We were at pretty close to 100 percent occupancy of recreational vehicles and now they are bare, those parks.’
      • ‘Behind it was something of a hidden room - bare, empty, but still there.’
      • ‘The stage is bare and empty, it looks like a typical display of Volksbühne churlishness, ingeniousness and fractiousness.’
      • ‘When I located the store, it looked suspiciously bare, numerous empty displays, etc.’
      • ‘For better or for worse, the room was Spartan, almost bare.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The individual cells were tiny, bare closets with no amenities, and were designed to be too short to lie down in.’
      • ‘Children told me of having their rooms stripped bare and the contents thrown into the corridor.’
      • ‘Although the garden is looking spartan it's not bare.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was in a plain, bare cell with bars and the whole bit.’
      • ‘With a quick glance at the bare cupboards and empty refrigerator, came the realization that John was not used to eating at home.’
      empty, emptied, unfurnished, vacant, clear, cleared, free, stark, austere, spartan, unadorned, unembellished, unornamented, unfussy, plain
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    3. 1.3 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’
    • ‘It was pretty basic with all the bare necessities and most importantly it had running water and proper loos.’
    • ‘Believed to be crammed with as many as 10,000 inmates at any given time, Insein is perennially short of bare essential supplies.’
    • ‘The wooden table was bare and simple here, with only a single fork as a utensil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For all that, the staging will be simple, a bare set putting the focus on the performers' physical presence.’
    • ‘Jonathan Miller's bare, contemporary production of Cosi Fan Tutte set tongues wagging at its first outing in 1995, for its Armani costumes.’
    • ‘Typical of Beckett's later preoccupation with the art of minimalism, this performance cuts the story down to the bare essentials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the most part, this is a bare basics album with Branch's voice and guitar always very much to the fore.’
    • ‘The bare figures, however, conceal the fact that domestic inflation is still stubbornly high.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘McCauley's black and white photographs of sinks and other built-in fixtures show the bare essentials of a home.’
    • ‘Nicole told Tommy that she liked the simple, bare hotel room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nothing covered the doors; they were just bare brown wooden doors.’
    • ‘It is not bare production according to the direction, is it?’
    • ‘Their kids would probably be plain, bare and simple-minded.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The kindness I encountered last year is absent; a western face brings a sullen welcome, calibrated to the bare minimum.’
      • ‘A new survey had found that ‘a bare majority’ did see improvements, but just under half thought Edexcel's services were getting worse.’
      • ‘Even though a rather big ‘I’ features in the major part of the narration, references to the family are limited to the bare minimum.’
      • ‘In trying to keep council services to a bare minimum, they are yet again lining up another key service for closure.’
      • ‘Yesterday I did less than the bare minimum of work.’
      • ‘Households have the bare minimum of furniture, with mattresses spread on the floor at night for beds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is laid out in an area the size of a football field and represented with the bare minimum of stage furniture.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Granted, some still get by with the bare minimum, but the great majority produce work of much higher quality than 20 years ago.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For its part, the health board claims that the applications currently submitted constitute a bare minimum of the health services needed in the community.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His was a plain room, with white walls and a bare minimum of furniture.’
      • ‘Keep your contemporary furniture choices to a bare minimum.’
      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’
      • ‘The bare amount of light it cast illuminated the western sky in a gorgeous rainbow of pinks, yellows, and oranges.’
      • ‘Nine's reluctance to issue ratings reports during the Olympics lasted a day, with the channel releasing bare figures this morning.’
      • ‘He only drank the bare amount of blood he needed to stay alive from Elvadriewyn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘Inside the mill dampness is baring the wood made bricks after nearly 150 years, and requires some action.’
    • ‘They watch too much MuchMusic and need to idolise somebody who isn't baring her midriff.’
    • ‘With Britney baring her belly every chance she gets, tummies are getting more attention than ever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the prisoners bared his back after his initial arrest to reveal open welts allegedly caused by baton and rubber hoses.’
    • ‘This means having my winter boots surgically removed and baring my feet to the world.’
    • ‘The Comte rushed to help her, and as she seemed to be stifling, cut her bodice open with his dagger, baring her shoulder.’
    • ‘These women baring their upper bodies to the sun are a healthy expression of unselfconsciousness.’
    • ‘Though what we see is a woman lifting her shift and baring her legs, she is not inviting observation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My statue of Jesus baring his bleeding heart has everything to do with kitsch and nothing to do with religious fanaticism.’
    • ‘Gaumont never did answer the question of whether she'd be baring it all in the show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eighteen months ago Finnigan suffered the embarrassment of baring her bra to the nation during a TV award show.’
    • ‘Jennifer Lopez scotched rumours that she is pregnant by baring her stomach on live TV yesterday..’
    • ‘King Mswati III of Swaziland was forced to revoke an edict making it an offence to ridicule the royals by baring buttocks.’
    • ‘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?’
    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’
    • ‘I put in bare work in the studio today.’
    • ‘I feel like this girl invites bare people to her baby shower just for the gifts.’
    • ‘As you can see I write bare tweets when I'm bored.’
    • ‘I remember the days I thought £1000 was bare money.’
    • ‘Got bare work to do tomoz.’
    • ‘I'm just realizing that I have bare shoes.’
    • ‘Happy birthday, hope you get bare cash.’
    • ‘Must take actors bare time to learn lines.’
    • ‘I've applied for bare jobs.’
    • ‘Why are bare peeps I don't know adding me on FB?’

adverb

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

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

Phrases

  • bare all

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

      ‘Lysette bared all for Playboy in 1988’
      • ‘The idea of 12 mature ladies - mostly from the Hamble area - baring all for charity might have sent shockwaves through the marine world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘There is nothing like the thought of baring all in a bikini to keep your hand out of the biscuit barrel.’
      • ‘After walking more than a mile down the side of the dual carriageway, officers in the police patrol car spotted the brothers baring all.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘It is telling how little encouragement folk needed to bare all for public display.’
      • ‘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 show is about innuendo rather than baring all, but for Burnett it still meant holding his breath and taking the plunge.’
      • ‘Mirren and Walters will be baring all in turn when the film is released later this year.’
      • ‘Credit to the dancer who bares all in a display that is more fitting of the mainstream Hollywood film genre.’
      • ‘The girls spilled the beans about which cast member is baring all in the film.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I was a girl, I thought nudists were weird and I never imagined it would be me 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘It was quite bizarre baring all together, but we just got on with it,’ said Kate.’
      • ‘Staff at Geraldton Aquarena are baring all to raise money towards more shade provision.’
  • bare one's soul

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What sort of person bares her soul to pollsters for upward of an hour - and during the holiday season yet?’
      • ‘He bares his soul before the judge, who holds the fate of his daughter in his hands.’
      • ‘Perhaps you think baring your soul so poetically will make you irresistible, but to me it sounds condescending and self-deceptive.’
      • ‘Night after night there was someone baring their soul on national TV creating their own live and unplugged soap opera.’
      • ‘Callers find themselves baring their soul almost without knowing it.’
      • ‘Isaac Hayes bares his soul about everything from ‘Shaft’ to Scientology.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘And for not baring his soul to the media, he surely deserves a merit badge, not a mauling.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The anti-war agitator and an ex-Labour Party MP, George Galloway, bares his soul in an interview with the ‘Guardian’.’
      • ‘Delving into echoes of his personal history, Campbell resists this alienation and bares his soul to readers and to the land.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Springsteen, on the other hand, with often a simpler music, bares his soul, and tears out your heart.’
      • ‘I had extended myself, baring my soul to another who had once done the same for me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • bare one's teeth

    • Show one's teeth, typically when angry.

      • ‘Instead, she bared her teeth in a disgusted sneer.’
      • ‘The bride bared her teeth in a rough approximation of a smile; fear radiated from her eyes.’
      • ‘Desperate for the off, they pawed the ground, bared their teeth and sank their fangs into each other's necks.’
      • ‘Dace asked, baring his teeth in a fierce, angry grin.’
      • ‘Fear and aggression can keep us safe - such as the she-wolf who protects her cubs by baring her teeth.’
      • ‘For the first time during the interview, Butler camps it up, waving his arms above his head and baring his teeth.’
      • ‘‘No, TRUST me,’ she hissed, baring her teeth. ‘You REALLY REALLY don't want to know.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A guard emerged from the watchtower, where a sizable Caucasian shepherd bared his teeth.’
      • ‘One of them latched on to my leg and wouldn't let go while the others circled around, snapping, growling and baring their teeth.’
      • ‘Nadine shook her head, and instead pulled her lips apart with her fingers and bared her teeth at us.’
      • ‘But Mumu is afraid of the landowner and bares her teeth to her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As soon as Sue and I try to approach, the dominant males curl their lips back and bare their teeth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the red corner sat a butch, dark-skinned, muscleman baring his teeth.’
      • ‘She bared her teeth - not angry, simply contemplative, eyes shining with all the life that Yami's had lacked.’
      • ‘He saw them watching him and bared his teeth in the manner of an angry dog.’
      • ‘The third was a lively bay gelding and when we tried to saddle him, he reared up and bared his teeth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Most of us lack any formal training in self-defense with an edged weapon or even with our bare hands, for that matter.’
      • ‘Frenchmen should ask themselves how it is possible for a crowd of civilians to demolish a fort with their bare hands while chanting Liberté!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said: ‘People have been trying to move big blocks of concrete with their bare hands.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Meantime, they tear into the pig carcasses with their bare hands.’
      • ‘Warriors did not fight with their bare hands, but rather with weapons almost all the time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I attacked with my bare hands, rejecting the tools of shellfish eating in favour of the messy approach.’
      • ‘What level are the power generators to the weapon on - I'll destroy that weapon with my bare hands if I have to!’
      • ‘What's weirder than catching a catfish with your bare hands?’
      • ‘And that's not counting all the people who practically ran downtown (no cars or subways) to dig it out with their bare hands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • bare of

    • Without.

      ‘the interior, bare of plaster, leaked a smell of old timbers’
      empty of, emptied of, without, lacking, devoid of, bereft of, wanting, deprived of, destitute of, free from
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

bare

/ber//bɛr/