adjective or adverb
\ ˌwən-ȯn-ˈwən How to pronounce one-on-one (audio) , ˌwən-än-\

Definition of one-on-one

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : playing directly against a single opposing player
2 : involving a direct encounter between one person and another

on one condition

idiom (1)

Definition of on one condition (Entry 2 of 4)

: only upon doing or accepting one (specified) thing You can go on one condition: you have to finish your homework.

on one pretext or another

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Definition of on one pretext or another (Entry 3 of 4)

: using various reasons to hide the real reason for doing something She always managed to visit him on one pretext or another.

on the one hand, on the other hand

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Definition of on the one hand, on the other hand (Entry 4 of 4)

used to introduce statements that describe two different or opposite ideas, people, etc. On the one hand, I think the price is fair, but on the other (hand), I really can't afford to spend that much money.He's a good guy. His brother, on the other hand, is a very selfish man.

Synonyms for one-on-one

Synonyms: Adjective or adverb

eyeball-to-eyeball, face-to-face, head-on, head-to-head, mano a mano, toe-to-toe

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First Known Use of one-on-one

Adjective or adverb

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of one-on-one was in 1940

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English Language Learners Definition of one-on-one

: involving two people who are dealing with or competing against each other directly

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