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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They had a stated objective to move into northwestern Ontario and instead of spending all the capital to go toe-to-toe with us, they chose to partner with us.
A lot of credit must go to Aitor Karanka and his side for their approach to the game at Goodison, they knew that they didn't have the quality to necessarily go toe-to-toe with us so they were determined to make our lives tough.
We know Blackpool will go toe-to-toe with us and it will be a far more free-flowing match than at Southampton in midweek.