Mano-a-mano meaning

mä'nō ä mä'nō
Being or suggestive of a face-to-face encounter or contest.

A mano a mano duel between golf pros.

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The definition of mano a mano is a Spanish expression that is defined as hand to hand and is used to refer to a face-to-face confrontation between two people.

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.

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A bullfight in which two rival matadors take turns fighting several bulls each.
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A face-to-face confrontation or competitive struggle.

A mano a mano between the presidential candidates.

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In direct competition.

An industry gearing up to go mano a mano with a rival.

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In or into direct, personal confrontation.
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A duel or other confrontation between two individuals.
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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.

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In close confrontation.

We sat tensely in the courtroom while the mano-a-mano struggle ensued between the two skilled lawyers.

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Characterized by head-to-head competition or conflict.

The newcomer brashly engaged the veteran player mano-a-mano.

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Origin of mano-a-mano

  • Spanish mano hand a to
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Spanish, literally hand to hand; on equal footing, neither of two participants having any distinct advantage.
    From Wiktionary