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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for man-to-man

Historical Examples of man-to-man

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

  • Where are your convictions about the man-to-man obligations?

    The Price

    Francis Lynde

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

    Certain Success

    Norval A. Hawkins

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

    Under Handicap

    Jackson Gregory

  • It was the man-to-man Stillman, without artifice and reservations.

    The Blood Red Dawn

    Charles Caldwell Dobie

British Dictionary definitions for man-to-man



characterized by directness or candoura man-to-man discussion
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