the gloves are off

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - the gloves are off

"the gloves are off"

to start fighting or competing very hard to achieve or win something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - the gloves are off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  It looks like Yvonne is interested in dating both of us but she is going to have to decide which one of us she will date.

Friend 2:  Well, then, I suppose we will both do our best to win her over.

Friend 1:  I should tell you that I really like Yvonne a lot and I will do whatever it takes to win.

Friend 2:  Fine. The gloves are off and let the best man win.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - the gloves are off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The company has just announced a new position opening up in Hawaii.

Colleague 2:  Yes, I heard that the pay is really good and that the successful candidate will have a great deal of freedom in program design.

Colleague 1:  I imagine that the competition for the job will be intense. There is going to be a lot of people who will really want this job.

Colleague 2:  I can see the gloves coming off already.

Colleague 1:  It could get crazy.

the gloves are off - Usage:


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the gloves are off - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for the gloves are off.

the gloves are off - Examples:

1)  The gloves are off, time to step up the opposition- before its too late!

2)  We are once again a direct competitor to the largest franchises in Australia and the gloves are off.

3)  The gloves are off. I am mobilizing OPSEU and the Local Labour Council to go after ...

4)  ... and see which one comes out victorious. The gloves are off, the snipers have set-up camp and the dogs have been released ...

5)  ... then the gloves are off and the teeth are out.

6)  In other words, do you ever get the impression that the gloves are off now between Red Bull and Ferrari in this championship battle?

7)  Well the gloves are off, and it's time to start making some waves.

8)  ... he'll be stiff competition but the gloves are off and we're there to win.

9)  Tom Henderson has said the gloves are off in a fight back against the charity which sacked him for gross misconduct ...

10)  Now the gloves are off and Microsoft are hitting back with their version of the iPad.

11)  The gloves are off and it's the steel fist.

12)  The gloves are off! Expect fireworks!

13)  The gloves are off, this is now the end game and their should be nothing left ...

14)  ... not intimidated and would continue to fight. We will never apologize; the gloves are off!

15)  If he keeps going and steps it up a notch, then the gloves are off. No more need to be polite. Be direct, be honest ...

16)  ... we are rising to fight back. I have no fear of them. The gloves are off and we are after them for blood.

17)  The truth is coming out. The mask is coming off. The gloves are off... and they will defeat themselves as Obama did in his comments to ...

18)  So now the sleeves are rolled up and the gloves are off. I'm going to fight all the harder for what's right ...

19)  Otherwise, the gloves are off and the demonstrators will be met with overwhelming force.

20)  The key here is fighting back. The gloves are off and we are back ...