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[hand-tuh-hand] /ˈhænd təˈhænd/
close to one's adversary; at close quarters:
hand-to-hand combat.
Origin of hand-to-hand
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Is crushed to death by Bewulf in a hand-to-hand combat, 2502 ff.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • There was no struggling now—no hand-to-hand wrestling with storm-demons.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • It was a hand-to-hand contest, and torrents of human blood ran that day.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • It ended in a hand-to-hand fight; and eventually the enemy gave way.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • It was a hand-to-hand conflict, which, however, could not have lasted four minutes.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for hand-to-hand


adjective, adverb
at close quarters: they fought hand-to-hand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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