one on one


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one on one

A direct encounter between two persons, especially a conflict, as in The two department heads went one on one regarding shelf space. This slangy expression almost certainly comes from sports. It is commonly used to refer to a two-person basketball game, but is also applied to the interaction of two players on opposing teams in football, soccer, and similar team sports. [c. 1960]
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one on one (or one to one)

denoting or referring to a situation in which two parties come into direct contact, opposition, or correspondence.
1995 Represent I wanna speak to God one on one me and him.
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