- being in direct confrontation or opposition.
- in a position or attitude of direct confrontation: slugging it out toe-to-toe.
Origin of toe-to-toe
First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for toe-to-toe
“Oh, he can go more than toe-to-toe, he leads the way,” says Williams.James Wolk on ‘The Crazy Ones,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Lone Star,’ and More
September 26, 2013
Aggression has always been the name of the game for Williams, who has few rivals who can hit with her toe-to-toe.Why Serena Williams Lost—and How She Can Win Again
July 1, 2013
In this kind of toe-to-toe fight the greater speed of a lightly armored fighter was not much advantage.The Saracen: The Holy War
- in one-to-one combat or in direct competitionthere aren't many fighters willing to go toe-to-toe with him
- (of battles, confrontations, or contests) involving two people or groups fighting with or competing against each othera toe-to-toe battle
- a fight, confrontation, or contest between two people or groups
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