to take the gloves off

Idiom Definition

"to take the gloves off"

to start fighting or arguing in a more determined way

Idiom Definition - to take the gloves off


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to take the gloves off

Two lawyers are talking ...

Lawyer 1: How are the negotiations going?

Lawyer 2:  Not so well.  We don't seem to be making any progress.  We have been trying to be as diplomatic as possible but we know that we are in the stronger position.

Lawyer 1:  Perhaps it's time to start being less diplomatic and more forceful.

Lawyer 2:  I agree.  If we make no progress today, then tomorrow I will take the gloves off and force some concessions.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to take the gloves off

A husband and wife are talking ...

Husband:  I've almost had enough of trying to get our neighbor to take care of his tree that overhangs our property.

Wife:  You've been taking special care to be polite and patient but that doesn't seem to be working because his tree is still dropping overripe fruit in our yard.

Husband: I'm afraid if I take off the gloves with the neighbor that it will cause all sorts of enmity and strife.

Wife:  Perhaps you have no other choice but to be more forceful.

to take the gloves off - Usage:


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to take the gloves off - Gerund Form:

Taking the gloves off means your opponent better be ready for serious negotiations.

to take the gloves off - Examples:

1)  It's time for them to take the gloves off and reveal EVERYTHING Labour have done to this country

2)  There does come a time when you have to take the gloves off and that time is right now.

3)  It's time to take the gloves off. Monopolies are destroying our country.

4)  I think it's time to take the gloves off, and fight back hard.

5)  A senior administration official vowed to take the gloves off with Israel, according to a U.S. intelligence officer.

6)  Look for him to take the gloves off in the TV ads he is about to run in the coming weeks.

7)  It's time to take the gloves off and cast aside the niceties.

8)  It's time to take the gloves off and slug it out with them.

9)  If he takes the gloves off he is going to alienate enough of them to cost him the election.

10)  She should have taken the gloves off and waded in.

11)  Sometimes you have to take off the gloves and actually tangle. 

12)  Having the moral high ground means exactly squat unless you take off the gloves and play to win.

13)  Currently it may be too early for Mitt Romney to aggressively take off the gloves against Barack Obama.

14)  It is time for the Dems to take off the gloves.

15)  I'm glad to see Team Romney decided to take off the gloves and hit back early rather than waiting until it's October.

16)  Romney will lose if he doesn't take off the gloves and stop treating dear leader like he's a nice but misguided guy!

17)  This time, though, he's taking off the gloves.

18)  Gisele Bundchen and Don Cheadle are taking off the gloves to do battle.

19)  He is taking off the gloves and we will finally see what he is up to. 

20)  She has effectively taken off the gloves and brought potential immense criticism upon herself.