Definition of with one's bare hands in English:

with one's bare hands

phrase

  • Without using tools or weapons.

    ‘he was capable of killing a man with his 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.’
    • ‘Close up, the news is about voices being heard from beneath rubble, about rescuers digging with their bare hands and sometimes people emerging alive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What's weirder than catching a catfish with your bare hands?’
    • ‘Claw at the roots with your bare hands if you must.’
    • ‘I attacked with my bare hands, rejecting the tools of shellfish eating in favour of the messy approach.’
    • ‘Warriors did not fight with their bare hands, but rather with weapons almost all the time.’
    • ‘He said: ‘People have been trying to move big blocks of concrete 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meantime, they tear into the pig carcasses with their bare hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What level are the power generators to the weapon on - I'll destroy that weapon with my bare hands if I have to!’
    • ‘‘They were there picking up shrapnel with their bare hands,’ says Kenny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frenchmen should ask themselves how it is possible for a crowd of civilians to demolish a fort with their bare hands while chanting Liberté!’