Translation of mano a mano in English:

mano a mano

nombre masculino/masculine noun

  • [Tauromaquia/Bullfighting][ bullfight with two bullfighters instead of three ] en un mano a mano se terminaron una botella de ginebra [familiar/colloquial] between the two of them they got through a bottle of gin jugamos un mano a mano y gané yo it was him against me and I won el debate se convirtió en un mano a mano entre los dos líderes the debate turned into a contest between the two leaders ver tb mano a mano
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.