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 for 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.
     l[=o]fi.]
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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
        quarrel.
  
     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
        hand.
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              Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
                                                    --Luke xxiv.
                                                    39.
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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.
                                                    --Shak.
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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.
                                                    Temple.
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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.
                                                    --Bacon.
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     To handle without gloves. See under Glove. [Colloq.]
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