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    jasonlulu_2000 is offline Senior Member
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    Trump's no holds barred media slam

    In today's financial times newspaper frontpage, I see a title "Trump's no holds barred media slam".

    Is there a pun in the title? What is the idiom behind it?

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    Re: Trump's no holds barred media slam

    There is no pun. However, both "no holds barred" and "slam" come from wrestling.
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    Re: Trump's no holds barred media slam

    Given that the video in question comes from the world of professional "wrestling", the headline is certainly a play on words.
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    Re: Trump's no holds barred media slam

    Video? I don't see anything about a video in post 1.
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    Re: Trump's no holds barred media slam

    He's slamming CNN (attacking, or, in wrestling, throwing his opponent to the floor). If no holds are barred, then there are no restrictions on what you can do to an opponent, so he's attacking CNN in a way that ignores the normal rules of criticism. The idioms come from wrestling and are being re-applied to his video, which comes from wrestling.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Jul-2017 at 17:48. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Trump's no holds barred media slam

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Video? I don't see anything about a video in post 1.
    Try this tweet: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/...03147168071680

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    Re: Trump's no holds barred media slam

    A meme seen around the world, apparently.

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    Re: Trump's no holds barred media slam

    I would hyphenate it as follows:

    Trump's no-holds-barred media slam
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