A mano a mano duel between golf pros.
A mano a mano between the presidential candidates.
An industry gearing up to go mano a mano with a rival.
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.
The other candidates seemed to disappear as the public debate became a heated mano-a-mano between the two leading candidates.
We sat tensely in the courtroom while the mano-a-mano struggle ensued between the two skilled lawyers.
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.