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Gloves are off

DEFINITION

Ready to fight. A dispute that has grown into a major fight. Suggests that one was having a competition or battle and something  has occurred that makes it open warfare  rather than a civilized dispute.

“Now that the neighbor admitted his dog killed my cat, I’m mad and the gloves are off, he better watch over his dog!”

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