toe-to-toe

toe-to-toe

[toh-tuh-toh]
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:
1925–30

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

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