- consisting of or involving direct individual competition, confrontation, or communication; person-to-person: a one-on-one discussion.
- in direct encounter: I'd rather settle this with her one-on-one.
- a meeting or confrontation between two persons.
- go one-on-one with, Sports. to play directly against (an opposing player).
Origin of one-on-one
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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Examples from the Web for one-on-one
In terms of one-on-one with employees, being a mom helps me ground my roots to humanity.Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy
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When the ball swings around to your man, they never come in one-on-one.A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower
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The entourage, so out of place in the one-on-one battle arena, soon left the stage.America’s Poets: Battle Rap Gets Real
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If you don't botch the questionnaire, you are summoned for a one-on-one interview with Pierre.The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires
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But as far as religion goes, I feel like everyone should have their own one-on-one with God.Ja Rule on Life in Prison, His 50 Cent Beef, New Film & Finding God
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- denoting a relationship or encounter in which someone is involved with only one other persona one-on-one meeting
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