- An example of mano a mano is when two people have a fist fight and engage in hand-to-hand combat.
- An example of mano a mano is when two matadors take turns fighting bulls in the bullfight.
mano a mano
- in or into direct, personal confrontation
- a duel or other confrontation between two individuals
Origin of mano a manoSp, literally , hand to hand
mano a mano
nounpl. ma·nos a ma·nos
- A bullfight in which two rival matadors take turns fighting several bulls each.
- A face-to-face confrontation or competitive struggle: a mano a mano between the presidential candidates.
Origin of mano a manoSpanish : mano, hand + a, to.
- 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.
- 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.
Spanish, literally hand to hand; on equal footing, neither of two participants having any distinct advantage.