adjective or adverb

: slugging it out at or as if at close range
a toe-to-toe confrontation over the new policy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Trojans went toe-to-toe with Bedford North Lawrence in Saturday's Class 4A semistate semifinal at Southport, recovering from a rocky start to remain within reach late in regulation. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toe-to-toe was circa 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Toe-to-toe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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