: a frank discussion especially between two men : a man-to-man talk
had a man-to-man with a friend about his problems
She [Vermont DOC consultant Kathleen Patten] believes conversations between victims and offenders can offset the sometimes-harmful separation the two sides experience during legal proceedings. "The court experience is really tough for people," she says. "A man-to-man isn't allowed. …"—Cathy Resmer
: a system of defense (as in football or basketball) in which each defensive player guards a specified opponent : man-to-man defense
[Lathan] Ransom is an aggressive run defender from the safety position, and he also does a good job as a free-roaming safety in pass coverage. He's great in zone coverage on defense, but he can also play some man-to-man out on the perimeter.—Nathanael Rutherford
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But with a lackluster supporting cast around that duo, the Chiefs prefer to face man-to-man defenses (often stemming from a blitz) than zone looks.—Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 During the last three games, the Heat has posted a defensive rating of 106.5 points allowed per 100 possessions while toggling more frequently between its man-to-man and zone schemes.—Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 Miami appeared to tighten things up against Sacramento, throwing a mix of zone and regular man-to-man defenses at Fox and Co., who indicated afterwards his team’s offensive issues were as simple as missing shots.—Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 Self, who preaches aggressive man-to-man defense, was asked to describe his feelings at halftime in a 51-51 shootout.—Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 21 Jan. 2024 In a battle for first place in the Baseline League, Etiwanda made clutch three-point shots while relying on its man-to-man defense to knock off Damien 49-39 on its home court Thursday night.—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Against the Cowboys, who play a chaotic, six-defensive-back, man-to-man defense, the Packers’ approach was perfect.—Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 Portland going from zone to man-to-man switching a factor?
Devin Booker remains aggressive — 22 shot attempts — and looking and feeling better physically.—Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 15 Jan. 2024 Going to an aggressive man-to-man defense and making an assertive effort to get the ball to Foster proved beneficial.—Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2024
And when Musketeers coach Sean Miller traded out a man-to-man defense for a zone, the Longhorns began to pound the ball to Bishop in the paint.—Dave Skretta, Chron, 24 Mar. 2023 Playing predominantly in-your-grill, man-to-man D, the Toreros limited UCI to 29.9 percent shooting, 20 of 67.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2023 Alabama played a tight man-to-man, converging on the rim whenever a black jersey would drive toward it.—Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 11 Mar. 2023 Besides its physical man-to-man defense, Iowa State pounded the boards, outrebounding Baylor 44-17.—Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 9 Mar. 2023 Recap:Grand Canyon falls flat in home basketball finale in loss to Seattle U This time, the Lopes got down 21-7 out of zone defense, then recovered, after shifting to a man-to-man.—Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 2 Mar. 2023 The teams engaged at a breakneck pace the rest of the way as the Panthers oscillated between the trap and man-to-man press the length of the floor.—Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2023 Historical moment:Hank Foster was Butler's first Black player DePaul adjusts on defense, Butler's offense counters DePaul started in an aggressive man-to-man defense, denying everything.—Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2023 In order to shake things up, Burke coach Sean Ryan went to a man-to-man defense, a rare move from a team with limited depth that typically plays zone.—Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Feb. 2023 See More
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