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  1. Also one-one. (of the relationship between two or more groups of things) corresponding element by element.
  2. one-on-one.
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Origin of one-to-one

First recorded in 1870–75
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  1. (of two or more things) corresponding exactly
  2. denoting a relationship or encounter in which someone is involved with only one other personone-to-one tuition
  3. maths characterized by or involving the pairing of each member of one set with only one member of another set, without remainder
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  1. a conversation, encounter, or relationship between two people
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