To handle without gloves


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To handle without gloves See under Glove.
    • To handle without gloves to treat without reserve or tenderness; to deal roughly with.
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In literature:

It was not a Sixth to be handled without gloves, as King found.
"Stalky & Co." by Rudyard Kipling
We shall have to handle the case without gloves and depend on you boys.
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
It goes into "executive session" to handle without gloves the acts of the chief magistrate.
"Congressional Government" by Woodrow Wilson
There is only one way to handle such a man, and that is without gloves.
"The Wreckers" by Francis Lynde