mano a mano

ma·no a ma·no

 (mä′nō ä mä′nō)
n. pl. ma·nos a ma·nos (mä′nōs ä mä′nōs)
1. A bullfight in which two rival matadors take turns fighting several bulls each.
2. A face-to-face confrontation or competitive struggle: a mano a mano between the presidential candidates.
adj.
Being or suggestive of a face-to-face encounter or contest: a mano a mano duel between golf pros.
adv.
In direct competition: an industry gearing up to go mano a mano with a rival.

[Spanish : mano, hand + a, to.]
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mano a mano

(ˈmɑːnəʊ ɑː ˈmɑːnəʊ )
adv
in direct competition
[Spanish: hand to hand]
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