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toe-to-toe

[toh-tuh-toh] /ˈtoʊ təˈtoʊ/
adjective
1.
being in direct confrontation or opposition.
adverb
2.
in a position or attitude of direct confrontation:
slugging it out toe-to-toe.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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British Dictionary definitions for toe to toe

toe-to-toe

adverb
1.
in one-to-one combat or in direct competition: there aren't many fighters willing to go toe-to-toe with him
adjective
2.
(of battles, confrontations, or contests) involving two people or groups fighting with or competing against each other: a toe-to-toe battle
noun
3.
a fight, confrontation, or contest between two people or groups
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Slang definitions & phrases for toe to toe

to beat the band

adverb phrase

In an unrestrained way; to the highest pitch; very much; all-out: Ihollered to beatthe band/ We ran to beat the Dutch

[entry form 1897+, variant 1775+; frthe notion that such extreme effort could even drown out the band, or, in the mid-1700s version, this beats the Dutch, could convince even a stolid, phlegmatic Dutch man]


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