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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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  • For the next few minutes soldiers battled hand-to-hand.
  • Course will consist of individualized training in hand-to-hand and close quarters fighting and tactics.
  • All transfers of mounted organisms and sheets with the traced lengths will be accomplished hand-to-hand.
  • Ultimately, hand-to-hand fighting erupted as the rebels forced their way into homes and businesses.
  • Infantry warfare had depended upon hand-to-hand combat.
  • Berry was not loitering or participating in hand-to-hand exchanges with other people.
  • The hand-to-hand on a bike, the defendant pedaled away obviously trying to evade the officers.
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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