US • informal
- (Of combat or competition) hand-to-hand: the exhilaration of the mano-a-mano battleMore example sentences
- This is not some private mano a mano battle.
- A masterful bunter who navigated the bases with aplomb, Carew studied pitchers as if they were textbooks, looking for any advantage he might use in mano a mano confrontations.
- That's where we left them, with Ronnie winning his seventh Mr. Olympia on the final mano a mano challenge, and Jay consigned to a close second for the third time.
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- In the manner of hand-to-hand combat or a duel: they want to settle this mano a manoMore example sentences
- The time has come for Calgary's business community to compete with Toronto mano a mano.
- Who could race mano a mano with The King or The Silver Fox?
- Had he shrunk himself down to the size of a cell and injected himself into sick patients' bodies, to battle mano-a-mano with their disease-causing microbes?
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- An intense fight or contest between two adversaries; a duel: a real courtroom mano-a-manoMore example sentences
- A day before their mano-a-mano in Miami, they appear to have a lot in common.
- Would he care to desist his blathering on what is clearly an unfair system, and step outside and settle this mano-a-mano?
- Everything seemed to indicate that a continued confrontation in mano-a-manos was going to take place between these two superstars.
More definitions of mano a manoDefinition of mano a mano in:
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