Mano A Mano Definition

mänō ä mänō
A bullfight in which two rival matadors take turns fighting several bulls each.
American Heritage
A face-to-face confrontation or competitive struggle.
A mano a mano between the presidential candidates.
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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.
Being or suggestive of a face-to-face encounter or contest.
A mano a mano duel between golf pros.
American Heritage
In or into direct, personal confrontation.
Webster's New World
A duel or other confrontation between two individuals.
Webster's New World
In direct competition.
An industry gearing up to go mano a mano with a rival.
American Heritage

Origin of Mano A Mano

  • Spanish, literally hand to hand; on equal footing, neither of two participants having any distinct advantage.

    From Wiktionary

  • Spanish mano hand a to

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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