adjective or adverb

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

Examples of toe-to-toe in a Sentence

mom-and-pop grocery stores are usually wildly outmatched when they go toe-to-toe with large chain stores
Recent Examples on the Web Kim Kardashian will go toe-to-toe with a pair of Hollywood greats. Keisha Hatchett, TVLine, 8 July 2024 With less than two weeks to go before the Republican National Convention begins in downtown Milwaukee, those in charge of security and the lead group planning to protest the event went toe-to-toe in federal court Wednesday over demonstration plans. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2024 Biden looked his age and seemed unable to go toe-to-toe with former president Donald Trump. Leigh Ann Caldwell, Washington Post, 28 June 2024 For the first time in four years, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will go toe-to-toe on the debate stage. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for toe-to-toe 

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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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“Toe-to-toe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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