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.
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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.
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.
He broke down in tears on the final whistle but then insisted Ireland can go toe-to-toe with hosts France in Lyon on Sunday.
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.
MIKE O'Hagan is ready to go toe-to-toe with boxing's biggest hitters.
WORLD champ Glenn McCrory was not afraid to go toe-to-toe with some of the big names during his career.
Meanwhile, TNT will premiere a new series, ``Saved,'' which seems like its effort to go toe-to-toe with the edgier content its cable competitor FX routinely proffers.
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.
Technical writers would have to go toe-to-toe with bewildered, infuriated laymen who have no idea what their preposterous jargon signifies.
As a team Arsenal are the best there is and United will just have to go toe-to-toe with them and rely on individual brilliance.
Jack's parents are played by Stockard Channing and Ron Silver, an actor Rose cast because "he's good enough to go toe-to-toe with Stockard, and he's so not the obvious choice.
I feel confident that we can go toe-to-toe with anybody.