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.