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.
See also: go

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: go, someone, toe
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Swansea boss Garry Monk said: "I wanted the players to show we can go toe-to-toe with one of the top sides.
ALLY McCOIST watched his side go toe-to-toe with one of Scotland's top teams over 90 minutes on Saturday.
TYRONE NURSE will go toe-to-toe with one of Britain's busiest boxers in Barnsley tonight.
And again despite the score, Higgs confessed to having rally enjoyed watching his side go toe-to-toe with one of the best sides in North Wales.