ma•no a ma•no

Pronunciation: ( Sp. mä'nô ä mä'nô; Eng. mä'nō u mä'nō), [key]
pl. ma•nos a ma•nosPronunciation: ( Sp. mä'nôs ä mä'nôs; Eng. mä'nō u mä'nōz, mä'nōz u mä'nōz) [key] for 1, 2.

1. (italics) Spanish.a corrida in which two matadors alternate in fighting two or three bulls each.
2. a direct confrontation or conflict; head-on competition; duel.
3. being or resembling such a confrontation: a mano a mano struggle in the courtroom between two superb criminal lawyers.
4. in direct competition or rivalry: a brash newcomer in tennis taking on the reigning champion mano a mano.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.


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