to handle without gloves

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Glove \Glove\ (gl[u^]v), n. [OE. glove, glofe, AS. gl[=o]f; akin
   to Icel. gl[=o]fi, cf. Goth. l[=o]fa palm of the hand, Icel.
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   1. A cover for the hand, or for the hand and wrist, with a
      separate sheath for each finger. The latter characteristic
      distinguishes the glove from the mitten.
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   2. A boxing glove.
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   Boxing glove. See under Boxing.

   Glove fight, a pugilistic contest in which the fighters
      wear boxing gloves.

   Glove money or Glove silver.
      (a) A tip or gratuity to servants, professedly to buy
          gloves with.
      (b) (Eng. Law.) A reward given to officers of courts;
          also, a fee given by the sheriff of a county to the
          clerk of assize and judge's officers, when there are
          no offenders to be executed.

   Glove sponge (Zool.), a fine and soft variety of commercial
      sponges (Spongia officinalis).

   To be hand and glove with, to be intimately associated or
      on good terms with. "Hand and glove with traitors." --J.
      H. Newman.

   To handle without gloves, to treat without reserve or
      tenderness; to deal roughly with. [Colloq.]

   To take up the glove, to accept a challenge or adopt a

   To throw down the glove, to challenge to combat.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Handle \Han"dle\ (h[a^]n"d'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handled
   (-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Handling (-dl[i^]ng).] [OE.
   handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G.
   handeln. See Hand.]
   1. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the
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            Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
                                                  --Luke xxiv.
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            About his altar, handling holy things. --Milton.
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   2. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield;
      often, to manage skillfully.
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            That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper.
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   3. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of,
      with the hands.
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            The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to
            house and handle their colts six months every year.
                                                  --Sir W.
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   4. To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands;
      hence, to buy and sell; as, a merchant handles a variety
      of goods, or a large stock.
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   5. To deal with; to make a business of.
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            They that handle the law knew me not. --Jer. ii. 8.
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   6. To treat; to use, well or ill.
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            How wert thou handled being prisoner? --Shak.
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   7. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
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            You shall see how I will handle her.  --Shak.
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   8. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a
      theme, an argument, or an objection.
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            We will handle what persons are apt to envy others.
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   To handle without gloves. See under Glove. [Colloq.]
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