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.
See also: someone, toe
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If you really must go toe to toe with one of these ice queens from eastern Europe you might as well do it at Wimbledon, on the hottest day here since records began.
As we said beforehand though it wasn't about the result it was about the performance and the manner which we applied ourselves and managed to go toe to toe with one of the best teams in world football was excellent.
Kerr is itching to go toe to toe with one of his old midfield partners this weekend and make an impression.