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1. adjective Between two men, in an environment in which it is safe to discuss difficult, embarrassing, or sensitive topics. I think I need to have a man-to-man chat with you about the dangers of unprotected sex. The coach took the player aside to have a man-to-man conversation about the recent outbursts and lack of focus.
2. noun A serious talk between two men, typically in which difficult, embarrassing, or sensitive topics are discussed. Looking back, I really wish there had been someone to have a man-to-man with me when I started going through puberty.

man to man

in a direct and frank way between two men; openly and honestly.
See also: man

ˌman to ˈman

between two men who are treating each other honestly and equally: I’m telling you all this man to man.a man-to-man talk
See also: man
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