Idioms: no holds barred
Open and unrestrained: “These paintings and charcoal drawings . . . are slightly tame compared with the no-holds-barred forcefulness of his self-generated vision” (Christopher Andreae).
This expression comes from wrestling, where certain holds are illegal, or barred, and has been used figuratively since about 1940.
EuroVox | 17.03.2008 | 05:30
For Elite Travelers, Even the Best Isn’t Always Up to Par
Most people buy a travel guide at a local bookstore before going on a trip. But what do discerning and exclusive travelers, for whom five star hotels are the norm, do?Many turn to "Nota Bene" for advice -- a members-only destination review service from Great Britain. A 12-month, 10-issue subscription can cost upwards of 650 euros. But what they get for their money is a no-holds-barred critique of the creme de la creme of the travel world: which hotel rooms have mismatched carpeting, which the best view and whom to trust on staff to mend a perfect hem. EuroVox speaks with "Nota Bene" founder Anthony Lassman.
Definitionbe up to par
to be of the usual or expected standard:
Her work hasn't been up to par lately.
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