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- Direct, confrontational.
1988 April, Popular Mechanics, volume 165, page 70:
- Almost indistinguishable from the earlier 115-horse airplane, the new model is designed from the ground up to go nose-to-nose with big-engine, high-performance kit planes.
1999 September 14, Ted Gideonsi, The Advocate, page 34:
- Several. airlines. offer. domestic-partner. benefits. and. soar. into. a. nose-to-nose. battle. to. prove. which. carrier. can. take. you. higher.
2006, Martin Fojt, The Airline Industry, page 11:
- "Nose to nose" describes the ongoing conflict between the two manufacturers over alleged subsidy levels each has received.