Definition of mano-a-mano adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmɑːnəʊ æ ˈmɑːnəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɑːnoʊ ɑː ˈmɑːnoʊ//
(informal, especially North American English, from Spanish)
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with two people facing each other directly in order to decide an argument or a competition It's time to settle this mano-a-mano. Word OriginSpanish, literally ‘hand-to-hand’.
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