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straight fight

a contest between two candidates only
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • If you could get a straight fight against a Liberal I believe you would.

    The Master of Mrs. Chilvers Jerome K. Jerome
  • The year 1912, in which the straight fight on Home Rule was to begin, opened stormily.

  • If it had been a straight fight even; a clear issue between passion and pity!

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
  • They've beaten all Dougal's plans, and it's a straight fight with odds of six to one.

    Huntingtower John Buchan

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