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Definition of "man-to-man" []

  • Marked by forthrightness and honesty: had a man-to-man talk about the facts of life. (adjective)
  • Sports Of, relating to, or being a system of defense in which a defensive player guards a specific offensive player. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "man-to-man" in a sentence
  • "They intended to make the Macedonian king abandon his military advantage of a disciplined line of troops and fight them man-to-man amid the rocks and trees in true barbarian style."
  • "But the Steelers lined up in tight, man-to-man coverage with only four pass rushers."
  • "But when the Patriots came to Pittsburgh, the Steelers' defense did something nobody expected from them: They lined up in man-to-man coverage that a high-school coach could have drawn up."
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