go toe-to-toe

go toe-to-toe

To have a direct conflict with someone, possibly in close quarters. Adam and Joe are going toe-to-toe out in the schoolyard! I almost got hit with a punch as I walked by! The literary magazine and the science club are going toe-to-toe for extra funding this year.

go toe to ˈtoe

(American English) fight or compete with somebody directly: I am not sure we could go toe to toe with them and win.
See also: toe
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After trailing by as many as 11 points in the third canto, the Red Cubs rallied to go toe-to-toe with the Blue Dragons before Lagumen sealed the comeback win.
CONOR McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will go toe-to-toe in the biggest fight of all time on August 26.
We have to be willing to go toe-to-toe with Wigan for as long as it takes to earn the win.
This time around we know how to manage the key moments and we have the confidence to go toe-to-toe with Europe's best in the knowledge that we have what it takes to beat them.
We tried to go toe-to-toe with them in midfield and I thought we matched them.
We don't want to go toe-to-toe with South Africa because that's what they want to do.
MANCHESTER United fan Aron Gunnarsson cannot wait to go toe-to-toe with Wayne Rooney as Iceland's "fairytale" continues against England.
Batman and Superman will go toe-to-toe in the new Dawn of Justice film, out this month
For those of you as confused about the sport as the Yanks are about cricket, here is your chance to watch a potential classic as, for the second year running, statistically the two best teams in the league go toe-to-toe in a titanic battle between the best offense (Patriots) and defense (defending champions Seahawks).
London, Nov 25 ( ANI ): Former England player Ian Botham has said that there is no hiding place in an Ashes series Down Under and England must be brave and go toe-to-toe with Australia if they are to retain Ashes.
The unbeaten 17-year-old Erdington fighter, known as "The Steppin Razor", will go toe-to-toe in an EFK/WFK title fight at Newark's Kelham Hall.
SCORES of boxers stepped into the ring this weekend, but rather than go toe-to-toe the competitors showed off their glossy coats and healthy teeth.
DON'T PUSH ME: McManus and Boruc look set to go toe-to-toe after the keeper's blunder yesterday
Tonight's encounter between Italy and Romania sees two big packs go toe-to-toe, and although the Azzurri are more experienced and accomplished up front, the Oaks will be coming in to this one fresh and could make life difficult for their higher-ranked opponents.
It's not there to take on tanks or go toe-to-toe in the wide-open desert like we did with the Abrams," said Sgt.