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head-to-head

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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head-to-head

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.
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(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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How La Liga is settled: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored..
"So if any teams end up level on points, head-to-heads come into it.
"If we want to have any chance of winning something, we have to win our head-to-heads."
"The win itself was big, but having lost one and won one against them we had to win the head-to-head.
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The three head-to-head winners, plus the highest-scoring loser, will advance to the semi-final of the pounds 10,000 Betfair-sponsored contest, and although there are still three days to go, Brown and Evans have work to do if they are to remain in the competition.
Second seed Roddick's form has improved as this Masters Series event has progressed and he looks the one to beat considering his superior head-to-head record with Coria.
If both teams win, the side winning by the greater margin would be top as their head-to-heads are identical (3-0, 0-3).
A draw would also do even if Spartak win because of head-to-heads. If Real beat Spartak and Inter lose or draw, or Real draw and Inter lose, the Spaniards would be top.