Wrestling Idioms

Wrestling is a very old sport in which two opponents struggle hand to hand to throw each other to the ground or to a mat. Depending on the type of wrestling, different grips or “holds” are used.

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Meaning 1
a competitor in the strongest, heaviest division
Sentence 1
Joe Louis was a great heavyweight boxer.
Meaning 2
to be the most important
Sentence 2
International Business Machines is a heavyweight in the computer business.
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Meaning 1
An extremely dangerous wrestling match because no grips or "holds" are forbidden
Sentence 1
He broke his opponents arm because no holds were barred.
Meaning 2
to do anything to achieve a result
Sentence 2
No holds are barred in international arms sales.