follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

eyeball-to-eyeball

[ahy-bawl-tuh-ahy-bawl, -too-] /ˈaɪˌbɔl təˈaɪˌbɔl, -tu-/
adjective, adverb
1.
close or direct and often hostile; face-to-face:
an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for eyeball to eyeball

eyeball to eyeball

adjective phrase

: our eyeball-to-eyeball chat

adverb phrase

Face-to-face; in confrontation: We're eyeball to eyeball and I think the other fellow just blinked (1950s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with eyeball to eyeball
Face to face; especially, about to begin a conflict. For example, We are eyeball to eyeball with the enemy, or In the playoffs we go eyeball to eyeball with the Yankees, or In the first debate our candidate's going eyeball to eyeball with his opponent. This term was originally used only in a military context but later entered civilian language, particularly in political or sports confrontations. [ ; c. 1950 ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for eyeball-to-eyeball

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for eyeball

12
14
Scrabble Words With Friends