go toe-to-toe with (someone)

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go toe-to-toe with (someone)

To have a direct conflict with someone, possibly in close quarters. Adam is going toe-to-toe with Joe out in the schoolyard! I almost got hit with a punch as I walked by! The literary magazine is going toe-to-toe with the science club for extra funding this year.

go toe to toe with someone

mainly AMERICAN
If you go toe to toe with a person or organization, you fight, argue, or compete with them fiercely and directly. The company is still not strong enough to go toe to toe with their rivals. Note: You can also say that someone stands toe to toe with another person or organization. They do not stand toe to toe as enemies, as people sometimes think. Note: Toe to toe is used in many other structures to do with fighting, arguing or competing fiercely and directly. If this strategy didn't work, he'd just fight it out toe to toe until there was nothing left to fight with. Note: You can also use toe-to-toe before a noun. Toe-to-toe confrontations have harmed the project.
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GARETH SOUTHGATE has claimed he has proved his managerial credentials by going toe-to-toe with Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez.
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The Linfield boss, the Harp Manager of the Month for March, is focused on his side's Carnegie Premier League run-in but instead of going toe-to-toe with Glentoran on the domestic front, he is gearing up for yet another clash in the all-Ireland competition.
Vargas does not bemoan going toe-to-toe with Trinidad and De La Hoya, despite being decked five times by Trinidad and once by De La Hoya.
The incident escalated, with 30-year-old Robinson going toe-to-toe with, among others, National Security Council Director Colin Powell.
Last year's acquisition of Reebok by Adidas set the stage for a new level of competition and the challenge was for them to maintain quality while going toe-to-toe with Nike," said West.
Parkin is hoping going toe-to-toe with Terry will inspire his side against a Chelsea team that netted seven goals last weekend.
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Ruiz served notice that he deserves to be considered among the best in the heavyweight division after going toe-to-toe with the legendary champion for 12 action-packed rounds.
has Cartman (he's the foul-mouthed fat one) going toe-to-toe with Osama bin Laden.
Kiyonari chased down runaway championship leader Troy Bayliss in the opening race for his maiden victory before going toe-to-toe with, and beating, his Japanese countryman Noriyuki Haga in race two.
Bill was going toe-to-toe with some neighborhood wannabe kids, trying to talk them out of joining a gang.
Donachie's men failed with a late charge for the League One play-offs last term but he expects to be going toe-to-toe with Doncaster all season.