mano a mano

adverb or adjective
ma·​no a ma·​no | \ ˌmä-nō-ä-ˈmä-nō How to pronounce mano a mano (audio) \

Definition of mano a mano

: in direct competition or conflict especially between two people

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Recent Examples on the Web Boxing is a mano a mano competition for primacy, two fighters alone in a ring with a referee. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Francisco Mendez, Boxing Gym Owner and Mentor, Dies at 61," 27 Apr. 2020 Joe Biden had his best debate on Sunday night, his first time mano a mano against Bernie Sanders, who stood a healthy six feet to Mr. Biden’s left. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Moderate Joe Moves Left," 17 Mar. 2020 Bloomberg and Trump ads, each costing $10 million, will go mano a mano during the NFL Super Bowl next month, on Feb. 2. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Bloomberg to wield massive campaign against Trump whether he wins or loses nomination," 10 Jan. 2020 One of the most scintillating mano a mano duels in the NFL resumes Sunday when the Jaguars play at the Houston Texans (1 p.m., WKMG-6). Garry Smits,, "Jaguars vs. Texans: Jalen Ramsey-DeAndre Hopkins rivalry resumes," 14 Sep. 2019 Since their first meeting in 2006, Djokovic and Nadal have gone mano a mano in 54 matches, according to the ATP Tour -- the most between any two players in the Open era, which began in 1968. oregonlive, "Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal is the rivalry that resonates, no matter what the data says about Nadal-Novak Djokovic," 30 Aug. 2019 That meant Bethel and fellow gunner Chris Moore were mano a mano outside. Jonas Shaffer,, "The Ravens don’t take special teams standouts for granted. Just ask Justin Bethel.," 21 Aug. 2019 What's getting lost in all of this is the NBA is going to miss out on seeing the game’s best player attempt to lead the Warriors back from a 3-1 deficit and go mano a mano against Kawhi Leonard, the best player this postseason. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Kevin Durant's legacy intact despite how he returns from major injury," 11 June 2019 Pioneered by the Vuelta a Espana, the idea is to cut out all the prologue of a stage to launch the race favorites straight into mano a mano battle on a climb. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Stage that Could Decide the Tour de France Is Also Its Shortest," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of mano a mano

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mano a mano

Spanish, literally, hand to hand

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The first known use of mano a mano was in 1950

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13 Jun 2020

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“Mano a mano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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