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hand-to-hand

[hand-tuh-hand]
adjective
  1. close to one's adversary; at close quarters: hand-to-hand combat.
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Origin of hand-to-hand

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for hand-to-hand

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • 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

hand-to-hand

adjective, adverb
  1. at close quartersthey fought hand-to-hand
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