man-to-man

adjective \ ˈman-tə-ˈman \

Definition of man-to-man

1 :characterized by frankness and honesty
  • a man-to-man talk
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

First Known Use of man-to-man

1902


MAN-TO-MAN Defined for English Language Learners

man-to-man

adjective

Definition of man-to-man for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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