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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It should instead be argued that they were in fact a direct consequence of going toe-to-toe with one of the sport's very best, in a campaign which bordered on perfection.
Harry Kane and Co would be buzzing this weekend after going toe-to-toe with one of European's best.
And he believes that going toe-to-toe with one of the hottest teams in Mid-Ulster will ultimately help his players.
Either way, the fact Crumlin Star will be going toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the land is another ringing endorsement of the giant strides the club have made over the last 10 years or so.