Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

go toe-to-toe with (somebody)

go toe-to-toe with somebody
Meaning(s)
1) in direct competition or conflict with somebody
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    • a toe-to-toe confrontation
  • Analysis
    To 'go toe to toe with' someone means to directly oppose or be a worthy competitor for someone. This idiom is usually used in the figurative sense and usually means to argue or fight with someone in a very strong or determined way.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We need to be clever in how we take on our competitors because we're not strong enough to go toe-to-toe with them just yet.
    2. It looks like I'll be going toe-to-toe with Rosanna for the vacant managerial position. I hope I can get the better of her!
    3. I went toe-to-toe with Alex over the advertising campaign because I did not agree with the direction he was taking it in.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. We need to be clever in how we take on our competitors because we're not strong enough to go toe-to-toe with them just yet.
    2. It looks like I'll be going toe-to-toe with Rosanna for the vacant managerial position. I hope I can get the better of her!
    3. I went toe-to-toe with Alex over the advertising campaign because I did not agree with the direction he was taking it in.
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