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head to head

Describing a one-on-one matchup or comparison. When looked at head to head, these two players really bring similar defensive abilities to our team. I'm going head to head against last year's spelling bee champion, of course I'm nervous! I'm looking at the two job offers head to head, and I still can't make a decision!
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If people or groups have head-to-head talks or meetings, they meet to discuss the subjects they disagree about. They have just begun a third session of head to head talks which are expected to last until late afternoon. Note: If you talk head-to-head with someone, you talk to them directly. The photo showed the two leaders talking head-to-head. Note: A head-to-head is a discussion or argument. Next time you have a head-to-head with someone in authority, watch your language. Compare with go head to head.

(go) head-to-ˈhead (with somebody)

(deal with somebody) in a very direct and determined way, especially in a competition between two people, organizations, etc: They are set to meet head-to-head in next week’s final.
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as playing closely or reading bedtime stories also generate head-to-head contact.
Australia will play head-to-head series against both the West Indies and Pakistan in the summer of 2009-10, but could revert to a triangular series in 2010-11 when England next tours.
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It was fair and a good choice for the committee to use head-to-head competition,'' Poly coach Jim Ikeda said.
Head-to-head competition wasn't an ally to the Chatsworth High girls' volleyball team Thursday, when the Los Angeles City Section playoff pairings were announced at Hamilton High.
The game is at its best when revenge spices up such head-to-head play.
The evidence began trickling in two years ago when the AFC posted a 32-28 record in head-to-head regular-season games against the NFC.
How has the City Section fared head-to-head against the Southern Section in football this year?