hand-to-hand

[ hand-tuh-hand ]
/ ˈhænd təˈhænd /
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adjective

close to one's adversary; at close quarters: hand-to-hand combat.

Origin of hand-to-hand

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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British Dictionary definitions for hand-to-hand

hand-to-hand

adjective, adverb

at close quartersthey fought hand-to-hand

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