adjective or adverb

ˌwən-ȯn-ˈwən How to pronounce one-on-one (audio)
: playing directly against a single opposing player
: involving a direct encounter between one person and another

Examples of one-on-one in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moon’s alignment with Venus is perfect for one-on-one catchups. USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2024 Juices flowing Practice started with a spirited round of one-on-one drills as the rest of the team watched. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 On night two, Reigns and Rhodes will go one-on-one for the Universal Championship. Shaheem Reid, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 The report suggests managers identify and address inclusion challenges by making sure workers feel listened to, whether that means one-on-one conversations or third-party feedback portals, as well as clearly communicating the company’s overall DEI objectives and expectations. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 Guys don’t have to go create on their own in a one-on-one situation. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 3 Apr. 2024 The couple appeared to enjoy some special one-on-one time with Olympia as the three of them dressed up as pirates. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 This player would ideally be able to find the soft spots in the zone coverage that the Dolphins often see but also win one-on-one matchups when teams decide to play man coverage. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 Joey and Kelsey, who had their one-on-one date in Ronda, Spain, began the visit by telling the Graziadeis about their journey together. Breanne L. Heldman, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“One-on-one.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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