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

Examples of mano a mano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two go mano a mano for the most part, offering a range of subs for different missions, numbers of passengers and seat layouts. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 11 Feb. 2022 Like the infamous mano a mano matchup between the American Johnny Hayes, the winner of the marathon event in the 1908 Olympics in London, and his rival, Dorando Pietri of Italy. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 27 Jan. 2022 The two future pros will lock horns many times Saturday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN) and with Washington State’s Run and Shoot offense and Oregon’s willingness to line Thibodeaux up as a wide 9 defender, there will be ample mano a mano clashes. oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2021 Hannibal recasts Foster with Julianne Moore and then mostly marginalizes her in favor of an absolutely disgusting mano a mano between Hannibal Lecter and a previous victim (Gary Oldman) hellbent on revenge. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 The two will go mano a mano the day after Thanksgiving in the fifth playing of The Match, a 12-hole faceoff at The Wynn Golf Club on the Las Vegas Strip. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 But rarely does the Venn diagram overlap, mano a mano, shoulder to shoulder, apples to apples, stopwatch to stopwatch. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2021 Director Adam Wingard sure does love seeing movie icons go mano a mano. Clark Collis,, 31 Mar. 2021 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, 28 Oct. 2020 See More

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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 18 May. 2022.

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