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[hand-tuh-hand] /ˈhænd təˈhænd/
close to one's adversary; at close quarters:
hand-to-hand combat.
Origin of hand-to-hand
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After surrounding the house, the attacking party broke out into the war cry and challenged their foes to a hand-to-hand combat.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • Is crushed to death by Bewulf in a hand-to-hand combat, 2502 ff.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • Bill was awake in a second, and for a moment had a hand-to-hand fight with the curtains before he realized what had happened.

    Battling the Clouds Captain Frank Cobb
  • It was a hand-to-hand contest, and torrents of human blood ran that day.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • Twelve men did he thus kill in hand-to-hand fight before the ships.

    The Iliad Homer
British Dictionary definitions for hand-to-hand


adjective, adverb
at close quarters: they fought hand-to-hand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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