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 Then the campaign asked Blanchard to go mano a mano with Donald Trump Jr. on WLUC-TV in Marquette. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Former Mich. Gov. Jim Blanchard available on speed dial 24/7 to key politicians," 28 Oct. 2020 The candidates and parties ought to take back control over these debates, and let the candidates go at it mano a mano without some Beltway referee. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Who Needs Debate Moderators?," 8 Oct. 2020 The Protagonist goes mano a mano in a hallway fight that evokes Inception’s fabled corridor sequence by way of its head-spinning choreography. Nicholas Fonseca,, "Tenet is visually dazzling, but plagued by a case of the WTFs: Review," 23 Aug. 2020 Six times President Obama went mano a mano with Republican opponents in 2008 and 2012. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Will Joe Biden Duck the Debates?," 3 Aug. 2020 So here’s an easy potato salad whose piquancy is assertive enough to go mano a mano with the rich taste of the ribeye, and yet filled with enough indulgent flavors of its own to deserve a place on the plate. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Fourth of July grilling: Raising the stakes with steak," 29 June 2020 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

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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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“Mano a mano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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