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man to man (or man-to-man)

Definition of man to man or man-to-man in English:

1In a direct and frank way between two men; openly and honestly: he was able to talk man to man with the delegates a man-to-man chat
More example sentences
  • I realize you are my employer, but I'd like to speak with you man to man for a moment, if I may.
  • I'm very much looking forward to seeing him and sitting down and talking to him man to man.
  • Dad did occasionally try to talk to me in a man-to-man, father-to-son kind of way.
Synonyms
frankly, openly, honestly, directly, candidly, plainly, forthrightly, without beating about the bush;
2Denoting a defensive tactic in a sport such as football or basketball in which each player is responsible for defending against one opponent: Washington’s cornerbacks are fast enough to cover man-to-man
More example sentences
  • One of the biggest keys to a good man to man defensive scheme is what is called player recognition.
  • Concentrate on dribbling, passing, shooting and playing man to man defense.
  • I am sure that if you see TV and watch other matches you will see a lot of goals scored from set-pieces, corners and free-kicks against teams who mark man to man.
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