go toe-to-toe

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go toe-to-toe

To engage in direct conflict (with someone or each other), 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.
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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.
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But the Reds, who went toe to toe with Manchester City before TURN TO PAGE 55 V Vd is mAd on mAdrid diSaPPOiNTmENT No title triumph for Van Dijk and Reds finishing a point adrift, are determined not to finish the season empty-handed.
Bush, who went toe to toe with McCain in a bitter Republican presidential primary in 2000, spoke of his friend as a man whose valor and concern for all people should serve as an example for today's politicians.
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