[ mah-noh; Spanish mah-naw ]


, plural ma·nos [mah, -nohz, mah, -naws].
  1. the upper or handheld stone used when grinding maize or other grains on a metate.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mano1

1895–1900, Americanism; < Spanish: literally, hand < Latin manus; manual

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Example Sentences

Like the infamous mano a mano matchup between the American Johnny Hayes, the winner of the marathon event in the 1908 Olympics in London, and his rival, Dorando Pietri of Italy.

There are still moments when referees clear out like rubberneckers to allow players to go mano a mano.

But the most recent opinion polls show that Sarkozy will lose that mano a mano matchup by a landslide.

Filmgoers may be forgiven for expecting a climactic airborne mano-à-mano with Darth Vader—I mean Hitler.

CNN wants emotions, theatrics, the stamping of feet, mano-a-mano anger, and outrage contests.

“These mano-a-mano things always appeal to sports fans,” says Don Ohlmeyer, the former president of NBC Sports.

"Con no mas personas que con cinco seys que son el cabo de todo esto, los tomasen su mano y les cortasen las cabeas," etc.

He is only robbed by the hotel keepers and their employees who think more of buona mano than anything else.

E vedesi chi perde con gran soffi, E bestemmiar colla mano alia mascella, E ricever e dar di molti ingoffi.

Es que se hunden los alczares de cristal que edific la mano del invierno.

Por un momento crey que una mano fra y descarnada le sujetaba en aquel punto con una fuerza invencible.