head-to-head

[hed-tuh-hed]
adjective
in direct confrontation, opposition, or competition: a head-to-head battle between the two companies.

Origin:
1790–1800

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head-to-head
 
adj
1.  in direct competition
 
n
2.  a competition involving two people, teams, etc

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Example sentences
Head-to-head combat is common enough in the animal world.
Winning a head-to-head contest in the lab, though, doesn't mean the same thing
  will happen out in the field.
In head-to-head comparisons with telephone polls they seem to be better, faster
  and less expensive.
Among those that reach the midpoint this weekend, six teams are involved in
  head-to-head clashes for division leads.
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