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    idiom 'No holds are barred'

    Have I got it correctly that 'no holds are barred' means that 'you are allowed to do literally anything and there are no rules or limitations', and showing a 'master-of-the-universe' attitude?
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    Re: idiom 'No holds are barred'

    Yes.

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    Re: idiom 'No holds are barred'

    Quote Originally Posted by marenparn View Post
    Have I got it correctly that 'no holds are barred' means that 'you are allowed to do literally anything and there are no rules or limitations', and showing a 'master-of-the-universe' attitude?
    'barred' in the sense of 'disallowed'; the original reference was to uncontrolled hand-to-hand fighting. I'm not sure where 'master-of-the-universe' comes in; it's a question of being permitted to do anything in order to gain an advantage (which might be regarded by some as 'unfair'), not of omnipotence.

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    Re: idiom 'No holds are barred'

    thanks

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    Re: idiom 'No holds are barred'

    Quote Originally Posted by marenparn View Post
    thanks
    Pleasure.

    Afterthought: "No holds barred" can also be used as an adjective: 'He challenged his rival to a no holds barred fight.'

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