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toe-to-toe

[ toh-tuh-toh ]
/ ˈtoʊ təˈtoʊ /
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adjective
being in direct confrontation or opposition.
adverb
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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How to use toe-to-toe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for toe-to-toe

toe-to-toe
/ informal /

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