mano a mano

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

Definition of mano a mano

  1. :  in direct competition or conflict especially between two people

Origin and Etymology of mano a mano

Spanish, literally, hand to hand


First Known Use: 1950



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