[ toh-tuh-toh ]

  1. being in direct confrontation or opposition.

  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

Words Nearby toe-to-toe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use toe-to-toe in a sentence

  • But Old Joe was a scientific boxer who knew better than to stand toe-to-toe and trade punches.

    The Duck-footed Hound | James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • 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


/ informal /

  1. in one-to-one combat or in direct competition: there 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 other: a toe-to-toe battle

  1. a fight, confrontation, or contest between two people or groups

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