go toe-to-toe with (someone)

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go toe-to-toe with (someone)

To engage in 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.
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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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The Lionesses are ready to go toe to toe with the USA in tonight's semi-final in Lyon.
The first includes the Merseyside derby when Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool go toe to toe with Marco Silva's Everton - and Tottenham's visit to Manchester United.
We were never going to go toe to toe with Manchester City - teams have done that this season and conceded six, seven and eight," Newcastle goalkeeper Elliot (pictured below) explained.
We can't go toe to toe with Manchester City, if we do that then we'll get absolutely annihilated like teams have done already this season," Elliot added.
The Hammers are just not good enough to go toe to toe with this Reds team.
"We don't want to go toe to toe with South Africa because that's what they want to do.
You don't need to be able to go toe to toe with the champ to call a fair fight, you just need to have a love of the sport.
However, Munroe insists he is not afraid to go toe to toe with the champion if necessary.
Now Amerityre (www.amerityre.com; Boulder City, NV), a small company that currently specializes in tubeless tires for bicycles, golf cars and wheelbarrows, has developed a polyurethane auto tire that it claims can go toe to toe with rubber.
Asked if United will go toe to toe with City in an attacking sense, Mourinho said: "We're going to try.
We have players right across the board who have experience and can go toe to toe with all of the top nations."
CRAIG WIGHTON insists Hearts proved they can go toe to toe with the big guns despite losing 3-1 to Rangers on Sunday.
Reflecting on the game, McGrath added: "The most satisfying thing for us is to be able to go toe to toe with a team like Tipperary.
STEVEN GERRARD knew loan signing Lassana Coulibaly was a star in the making after watching him go toe to toe with PSG's glittering midfield.