1. in a position or attitude of direct confrontation: slugging it out toe-to-toe.

Origin of toe-to-toe

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of toe-to-toe

  • In this kind of toe-to-toe fight the greater speed of a lightly armored fighter was not much advantage.

British Dictionary definitions for toe-to-toe


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