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1. adjective Serious, private, and between two men. Used to describe a conversation or interaction, especially one in which difficult, embarrassing, or sensitive topics are discussed. 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. adjective In basketball, describing a style of defense in which each defensive player guards an individual offensive player. Man-to-man defense is a lot more tiring than zone, but it can also be much more effective.
3. noun A serious, private conversation 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.
4. noun In basketball, a style of defense in which each defensive player guards an individual offensive player. And they come out in man-to-man! It's going to be a defensive battle tonight.
man to manin a direct and frank way between two men; openly and honestly.
ˌman to ˈmanbetween two men who are treating each other honestly and equally: I’m telling you all this man to man. ♢ a man-to-man talk
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.