Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

go head to head with somebody

go head to head with
1) compete against, or confront another person, group, or organization directly
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    • go head to head with a rival
  • Analysis
    To go head to head with someone Is an idiom which means to compete against someone or competition or confrontation between two people or two groups. This expression is commonly used in sports and business to talk about opponents or direct competitors.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. In the final on Sunday we'll be going head to head with one of the best teams in the country. I hope we don't get embarrassed!
    2. John and I don’t agree on anything we always end up head to head debating topics when we meet.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. In the negotiations I'll be going head to head with a very shrewd operator, so I'll need to bring my A-game.
    2. It was a mistake for the company to try and go head to head with their more established competitors. They should have taken a more subtle approach to breaking into the market.
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