(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.
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How to use mano a mano in a sentence
Clearly, this pushed the mano a mano contest to a new level of provocation that Branson, always a consummate carnival barker, was unable to ignore.Richard Branson's Big Space D*ck Contest with Bezos is Reckless—and Potentially Deadly | Clive Irving | July 2, 2021 | The Daily Beast
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.