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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bullfight in which two rival matadors take turns fighting several bulls each.
  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A head-on conflict or direct competition; a duel.
  • adj. In close confrontation.
  • adv. Characterized by head-to-head competition or conflict.

Etymologies

Spanish : mano, hand + a, to.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish, literally hand to hand; on equal footing, neither of two participants having any distinct advantage. (Wiktionary)

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