mano a mano
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- A head-on conflict or direct competition; a duel.
- The other candidates seemed to disappear as the public debate became a heated mano-a-mano between the two leading candidates.
- In close confrontation.
- We sat tensely in the courtroom while the mano-a-mano struggle ensued between the two skilled lawyers.
- Characterized by head-to-head competition or conflict.
- The newcomer brashly engaged the veteran player mano-a-mano.
- This phrase is commonly misunderstood by English speakers who think that the term means “man to man”, though in use this meaning would still be similar.
- hand to hand (competition), or sometimes hand in hand (cooperation); on equal terms, close together.