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View synonyms for man-to-man

man-to-man

[ man-tuh-man ]

adjective

  1. characterized by directness, openness, etc.; frank and personal:

    He had a man-to-man talk with his son about sex.



man-to-man

adjective

  1. characterized by directness or candour

    a man-to-man discussion



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Word History and Origins

Origin of man-to-man1

First recorded in 1570–80

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Example Sentences

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

It was all very simple, this man-to-man system of traffic, but no one took it lightly or in the spirit of jest.

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

Often he assured me that we were men, face to face; that I was not his Boswell, not his disciple, but a man-to-man friend.

Captain Immelman: I challenge you to a man-to-man fight to take place this afternoon at two o'clock.

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