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man–to–man

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adjective \ˈman-tə-ˈman\

Simple Definition of man–to–man

  • : happening between two men

  • sports : of or relating to a way of playing defense in football, basketball, etc., in which each player on the defense is supposed to stop a particular player on the offense

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of man–to–man

  1. 1 :  characterized by frankness and honesty <a man–to–man talk>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being a system of defense (as in football or basketball) in which each defensive player guards a specified opponent

man–to–man adverb
man–to–man noun

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