mano a mano


mano a mano

mano a mano [Spanish mah-naw ah mah-naw; English mah-noh uh mah-noh] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural ma·nos a ma·nos [Spanish mah-naws ah mah-naws; English mah-noh uh mah-nohz, mah-nohz uh mah-nohz] /Spanish ˈmɑ nɔs ɑ ˈmɑ nɔs; English ˈmɑ noʊ ə ˈmɑ noʊz, ˈmɑ noʊz ə ˈmɑ noʊz/ for 1, 2.

  1. (italics) Spanish. a corrida in which two matadors alternate in fighting two or three bulls each.
  2. a direct confrontation or conflict; head-on competition; duel.

adjective

  1. being or resembling such a confrontation: a mano a mano struggle in the courtroom between two superb criminal lawyers.

adverb

  1. in direct competition or rivalry: a brash newcomer in tennis taking on the reigning champion mano a mano.

Origin of mano a mano Spanish: on an equal footing, without advantage (to either of two contestants); literally, hand to hand Examples from the Web for mano a mano Contemporary Examples of mano a mano

  • CNN wants emotions, theatrics, the stamping of feet, mano-a-mano anger, and outrage contests.

    The President Vs. the Press

    Eric Alterman

    March 25, 2009

  • “These mano-a-mano things always appeal to sports fans,” says Don Ohlmeyer, the former president of NBC Sports.

    The Game That Turned March Mad

    Seth Davis

    March 17, 2009

  • Word Origin and History for mano a mano

    1970s, Spanish, literally “hand-to-hand.”

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