mano a mano
[Spanish mah-naw ah mah-naw; English mah-noh uh mah-noh]
- (italics) Spanish. a corrida in which two matadors alternate in fighting two or three bulls each.
- a direct confrontation or conflict; head-on competition; duel.
- being or resembling such a confrontation: a mano a mano struggle in the courtroom between two superb criminal lawyers.
- in direct competition or rivalry: a brash newcomer in tennis taking on the reigning champion mano a mano.
Origin of mano a mano
< Spanish: on an equal footing, without advantage (to either of two contestants); literally, hand to hand
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Examples from the Web for mano a mano
CNN wants emotions, theatrics, the stamping of feet, mano-a-mano anger, and outrage contests.The President Vs. the Press
March 25, 2009
“These mano-a-mano things always appeal to sports fans,” says Don Ohlmeyer, the former president of NBC Sports.The Game That Turned March Mad
March 17, 2009
Word Origin and History for mano a mano
1970s, Spanish, literally "hand-to-hand."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper