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 Fighting with Gloves on.Figure. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To cut a figure. This phrase seems applicable more especially to dress and outward bearing. To make a figure is rather to make a name or reputation, but the distinction is not sharply observed.   1
   To make a figure. To be a notability. Faire quelque figure dans le monde. “He makes no figure at court;” Il ne fait aucune figure à la cour.   2

 Fighting with Gloves on.Figure. 


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