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[man-tuh-man] /ˈmæn təˈmæn/
characterized by directness, openness, etc.; frank and personal:
He had a man-to-man talk with his son about sex.
Origin of man-to-man
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Putting out of your mind all this foolish sex matter—as I have explained my man-to-man theory—will you go with me?

  • In a man-to-man duel he had an excellent chance of survival.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • They express themselves best in physical activity or in the direct, man-to-man handling of others.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • Where are your convictions about the man-to-man obligations?

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • He had whipped Brayley in a fair, square, hand-to-hand, man-to-man fight.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • He will not feel the personal, or man-to-man contact of your thoughts.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • He had nearly got there, was just reaching his man-to-man finale, when the judges cut him short.

    The Devil's Garden W. B. Maxwell
  • But it seemed impossible for them to sit out there and talk in a man-to-man relation; they were Society.

    The Wrong Woman Charles D. Stewart
  • It was not a battle; it would have made a master of tactics weep and tear his hair, but these man-to-man fights kept on.

  • Never before had they used the bayonet so freely or met the enemy in such a man-to-man grapple to the death.

British Dictionary definitions for man-to-man


characterized by directness or candour: a man-to-man discussion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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