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.
A head-on conflict or direct competition; a duel
- In close confrontation.
- We sat tensely in the courtroom while the mano-a-mano struggle ensued between the two skilled lawyers.
2016 May 23, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “Apocalypse pits the strengths of the X-Men series against the weaknesses”, in The Onion AV Club:
- When he finally goes mano a mano with Xavier at the climax, it’s in a psychic battle staged inside the latter’s dreamspace, which happens to look exactly like his mansion
- 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.
- Directly borrowed from Spanish.
- mano a mano (a head-on conflict or direct competition)
- mano a mano (by means of a head-to-head competition)
- hand to hand (competition), or sometimes hand in hand (cooperation); on equal terms, close together.