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toe-to-toe

[toh-tuh-toh]
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adjective
  1. being in direct confrontation or opposition.
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adverb
  1. in a position or attitude of direct confrontation: slugging it out toe-to-toe.
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Origin of toe-to-toe

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for toe to toe

toe-to-toe

adverb
  1. in one-to-one combat or in direct competitionthere aren't many fighters willing to go toe-to-toe with him
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adjective
  1. (of battles, confrontations, or contests) involving two people or groups fighting with or competing against each othera toe-to-toe battle
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noun
  1. a fight, confrontation, or contest between two people or groups
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