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adv. & adj.
With no covering on the hands: barehanded boxing.

bare′hand′ed·ness n.
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adv, adj
1. without weapons, tools, etc
2. with hands uncovered
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(ˈbɛərˈhæn dɪd)

adj., adv.
1. with hands uncovered.
2. without the necessary tools, weapons, or other means.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.barehanded - with bare handsbarehanded - with bare hands; "fought barehanded"
unarmed - (used of persons or the military) not having or using arms; "went alone and unarmed"; "unarmed peasants were shot down"; "unarmed vehicles"
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In one motion, Hoskins scooped up the ball barehanded and tossed it to Knapp, who applied the tag on the headfirst sliding Jimenez.
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Engel has set and achieved goals that are nothing less than climbing Mount Everest barehanded. Podcasting 1001 episodes in 2016 was just a start.
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