See, now I always thought it was a boxing metaphor: forget that Marquis of Queensbury! I'm going after you bare-knuckled! But maybe that's just my own idiosyncratic idea.
Oddnoc, yes, that's my understanding of it too. So most likely, we're both wrong.
The gloves are for protection of those same knuckles. You remove some of the padding near the outside leather, and replace it with a couple pounds of birdshot, _then_ you have some power to apply!
gloves are off
Fig. There is going to be a serious dispute. (As if boxers had removed their gloves in order to inflict more damage. See also take the gloves off.
And yet, nobody seems to notice that the first thing she says is "…so before tying him up…"!
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