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1. adjective Between two men, in an environment in which it is safe to discuss difficult, embarrassing, or sensitive topics. I think I need to have a man-to-man chat with you about the dangers of unprotected sex. The coach took the player aside to have a man-to-man conversation about the recent outbursts and lack of focus.
2. noun A serious talk between two men, typically in which difficult, embarrassing, or sensitive topics are discussed. Looking back, I really wish there had been someone to have a man-to-man with me when I started going through puberty.

man to man

in a direct and frank way between two men; openly and honestly.
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ˌman to ˈman

between two men who are treating each other honestly and equally: I’m telling you all this man to man.a man-to-man talk
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man to man

Openly, frankly. This term, dating from the days when certain kinds of frankness were deemed unfit for female ears, seems archaic today, although it may survive in father-son talks. See also heart-to-heart talk.
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