Especially, fighting done within reach rather than at range. May or may not indicate unarmed combat.
Hand-to-hand Sentence Examples
They fought with the grey swords, combining the sword dance with hand-to-hand combat moves for a ferocious battle that surprised her.
Two assaults were repulsed after hours of hand-to-hand fighting; and when, after a fresh bombardment, the garrison saw that their case was hopeless, they killed their women and children, and only succumbed at last to a third assault because every man of them was either killed or mortally wounded.
A serious conflict ensued between the rival factions, which quickly led to rioting and hand-to-hand fighting.
In hand-to-hand fighting before the walls of Newcastle, Douglas is said to have won Sir Henry's pennon, which he swore to fix upon the walls of Dalkeith.
After a few months he became aware of the crimes of the vizier, and slew him and his sons in a hand-to-hand fight in the palace.