being in direct confrontation or opposition.
in a position or attitude of direct confrontation: slugging it out toe-to-toe.
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How to use toe-to-toe in a sentence
Two Wal-Mart customers went toe-to-toe over a TV during an early Black Friday sale Thursday night.Exploding Whale, Black Friday and More Viral Videos | The Daily Beast Video | November 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Oh, he can go more than toe-to-toe, he leads the way,” says Williams.James Wolk on ‘The Crazy Ones,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Lone Star,’ and More | Jason Lynch | September 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Aggression has always been the name of the game for Williams, who has few rivals who can hit with her toe-to-toe.Why Serena Williams Lost—and How She Can Win Again | Nicholas McCarvel | July 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Who is this woman going toe-to-toe with Wintour, when all others appear to tremble, and who excels because of it?Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington’s Memoir Offers Few Revelations | Robin Givhan | November 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The president defused another toe-to-toe confrontation with humor.Barack Obama Seizes the Upper Hand Over Mitt Romney at Second Debate | Howard Kurtz | October 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for toe-to-toe
in one-to-one combat or in direct competition: there aren't many fighters willing to go toe-to-toe with him
(of battles, confrontations, or contests) involving two people or groups fighting with or competing against each other: a toe-to-toe battle
a fight, confrontation, or contest between two people or groups
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