mano a mano

adverb or adjective
ma·​no a ma·​no | \ˌmä-nō-ä-ˈmä-nō \

Definition of mano a mano 

: in direct competition or conflict especially between two people

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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 Last years' visit to Brussels also produced the famous mano a mano handshake between Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. Raf Casert, Fox News, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 Lamont and Ganim will go mano a mano for the first time in a primary debate Thursday night at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "In TV Ad Debut, Ned Lamont Pledges To Forgo Salary, State Vehicle As Governor," 12 July 2018 Last years’ visit to Brussels also produced the famous mano a mano handshake between Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 Kellyanne Conway telling us this morning that that's the way the president likes to do things, mano a mano. Fox News, "How Will Markets Respond to North Korea Talks?," 12 June 2018 Though the fifth round saw Mexico go mano a mano with the likes of Costa Rica and the United States, Osorio's side held their nerve to produce another string of impressive results in the group. SI.com, "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing Mexico's Chances at the Tournament," 4 June 2018 So the two men decided to try the table out by arm wrestling each other, mano a mano. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake County chief deputy 'sick to my stomach' after breaking opponent's arm in friendly arm-wrestling match," 7 May 2018 In an early scene, the 36-year-old actress strips down in front of her bedroom mirror and just stares at her body, mano a mano, a woman and her flesh cage. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Amy Schumer's New Movie Isn't About Her Body—It’s About the Danger of Self-Loathing," 19 Apr. 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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