from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In direct confrontation or conflict at close quarters: The two brothers went at it head-to-head. It was a head-to-head contest all the way.
- adv. Arranged in a line with the heads adjacent to each other: The bunk beds were set up head-to-head.
- adv. Running close together in the same direction; neck and neck: The horses ran mostly head-to-head.
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- adj. Direct, one-to-one.
- adv. Facing one another.
- adv. Directly, one-to-one.
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- adv. even or close in a race or competition or comparison
- adj. inconclusive as to outcome; close or just even in a race or comparison or competition
- adj. involving two persons; intimately private
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In short head-to-head tests, five instruments were preferred at roughly equal rates and one was distinctly disfavored: a Stradivarius.
They are focused like a laser on Romney, who continues to run about even with the president in national head-to-head presidential preference polls.
Relevant also is the fact that Mormonism and evangelicalism are both proselytizing faiths, and thus are often in head-to-head competition for converts.12
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Ellison's syndicate eventually prevailed, forcing the rare head-to-head showdown.
Here is the short description: "As the 12 contestants share a loft in downtown Los Angeles, they will be tested in real-life challenges inspired by best-selling game titles, compete in the video games themselves, and ultimately must avoid elimination in head-to-head battle in an arena filled with hundreds of spectators."
The Celtics have 17 NBA titles, the Knicks have two, while the Celtics have defeated the Knicks in almost 60% of the games they've played head-to-head.
It seems that as we evolve and mature as a society, we are now reaching a point where secular notions of equality are coming head-to-head with religious teachings.
AT&T and T-Mobile had argued that they didn't compete head-to-head for the same segment of the market, so their combination wouldn't reduce competition.
A fun event was the Creekstone Farms Chef Showdown, where we watched two amateur chefs go head-to-head in a cookoff using the sponsor's premium homegrown beef, with judges Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Jonathan Gold (LA Weekly) and comedienne Kathy Griffith judging the results.