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Describing a one-on-one matchup or comparison. When looked at head-to-head, these two players really bring similar defensive abilities to our team. I'm going head-to-head against last year's spelling bee champion, of course I'm nervous! I'm looking at the two job offers head-to-head, and I still can't make a decision!
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If people or groups have head-to-head talks or meetings, they meet to discuss the subjects they disagree about. They have just begun a third session of head to head talks which are expected to last until late afternoon. Note: If you talk head-to-head with someone, you talk to them directly. The photo showed the two leaders talking head-to-head. Note: A head-to-head is a discussion or argument. Next time you have a head-to-head with someone in authority, watch your language. Compare with go head to head.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
(go) head-to-ˈhead (with somebody)(deal with somebody) in a very direct and determined way, especially in a competition between two people, organizations, etc: They are set to meet head-to-head in next week’s final.
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