go toe-to-toe

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go toe-to-toe

To have a direct conflict with someone, possibly in close quarters. Adam and Joe are going toe-to-toe out in the schoolyard! I almost got hit with a punch as I walked by! The literary magazine and the science club are going toe-to-toe for extra funding this year.

go toe to ˈtoe

(American English) fight or compete with somebody directly: I am not sure we could go toe to toe with them and win.
See also: toe
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We went toe to toe with them, asked questions of them and should have taken something from that game.
We won't be shying away from the physical side of the game, but when Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman, if he went toe to toe with him he was going to lose, so he had to find other ways of getting around him.
The positive thing from our matches against Poland and Ireland was that we went toe to toe as we had to do.
Animal rights' campaigners Peta went toe to toe with the 6ft 9in fighter, branding him a "caveman" after he was snapped outside a Manchester Italian restaurant in the "awful coat".
The pair went toe to toe through the final quarter mile of the staying contest (left) but it was last year's St Leger third who forged ahead close home to land the spoils by half a length.
SARACENS boss Mark McCall showered praise on his players after they went toe to toe with French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne before bowing out of this season's European Champions Cup.
Paul Smith went toe to toe with Philly in a spar to promote Morris' testicular cancer awareness campaign and charity www.
Polito went toe to toe with the best in Central Mass.
He went toe to toe with Randy Johnson in a fifth game,'' Black said.
The Scot and his Brazilian partner Bruno Soares went toe to toe with New Zealand ace Mike Venus and Croatian partner Mate Pavic for almost five hours on Court 17.
Next month's event will be the 16th since April, 2008 when eight heavyweights went toe to toe and Davies thinks he can be the first to lift the trophy with three straight knock outs.
EastEnders went toe to toe with Emmerdale and got battered all over the ring again.
Westwood said: "I went toe to toe with Tiger with half of America cheering for him and shot the same number.
Kevin Ryan's colt went toe to toe with the best in the business as a three-year-old but came of age on the Knavesmire with an excellent performance in this Group Two contest.
Then he went toe to toe with the guard and chewed him out, looking like a coach sending an I'm-in-charge-here message to everyone watching.