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.
- (italics) Spanish. a corrida in which two matadors alternate in fighting two or three bulls each.
- a direct confrontation or conflict; head-on competition; duel.
- being or resembling such a confrontation: a mano a mano struggle in the courtroom between two superb criminal lawyers.
- 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.
March 25, 2009
“These mano-a-mano things always appeal to sports fans,” says Don Ohlmeyer, the former president of NBC Sports.
March 17, 2009
Word Origin and History for mano a mano
1970s, Spanish, literally “hand-to-hand.”