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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Liverpool did win the Champions League, though, and are expected to go toe-to-toe with City again this season.
'He's (Thurman) not strong enough or quick enough to stop Manny; he won't go toe-to-toe with Manny because Pacquiao is too fast and too strong,' Fortune told the Inquirer.
"We are happy to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the division, especially at our place, I don't think many teams fancy playing us (at the Meadow) because we've got some real energy, some real legs."
Stubbs bemoaned his side's failure to go toe-to-toe with their opponents as they lost out 2-0 at the hands of last season's Championship rivals.
The New Zealander will go toe-to-toe with Whyte for the vacant WBO International Heavyweight title at the O2 Arena.
GLENAVON will go toe-to-toe with a Manchester United legend and Champions League winner in tonight's Europa League clash with Molde FK at Mourneview Park (7.45pm).
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.
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 Champions League begins with a bang tonight as two Premier League teams go toe-to-toe with Bundesliga opponents, writes Mark Langdon.
WORLD champ Glenn McCrory was not afraid to go toe-to-toe with some of the big names during his career.
This double-edged ubiquity of psychedelic art makes it even more of a challenge to identify works and artists that can, after the fact, go toe-to-toe with those canonized through Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptualism.
And Rio Ferdinand last night warned Wenger that United are prepared to go toe-to-toe with Arsenal to clinch victory.