Definition of Head-to-head

1. Adjective. Involving two persons; intimately private. "A head-to-head conversation"

Exact synonyms: Tete-a-tete
Similar to: Private
Derivative terms: Tete-a-tete, Tete-a-tete

2. Adverb. Even or close in a race or competition or comparison. "He won nip and tuck"

3. Adjective. Inconclusive as to outcome; close or just even in a race or comparison or competition. "The election was a nip and tuck affair"
Exact synonyms: Neck And Neck, Nip And Tuck
Similar to: Inconclusive

Definition of Head-to-head

1. Adjective. one-to-one, direct. ¹

2. Adverb. one-to-one, directly. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Head-to-head

head-on collision
head-on collisions
head-to-head (current term)
head-up display
head-up displays
head ache
head and neck neoplasms
head and shoulders
head and shoulders above
head blight
head botflies
head boy
head boys

Literary usage of Head-to-head

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A new dictionary of the English language by Charles Richardson (1839)
"... ie to take off, cut off, strike off, the head. To head up,—to put on the head, sc. of a cask or vessel. Head-land,—a cape ; land raised. ..."

2. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"These were (i) the configuration of the isopropyl substituent in the cycloadduct(s) and (ii) the orientation of the two addends in regard to head-to-head ..."

3. Principles of the Mechanics of Machinery and Engineering by Julius Ludwig Weisbach, Walter Rogers Johnson (1849)
"Thus the wheel having a diameter of 15 feet, and mean proportion of head to head and fall = ,063 gave ratio of effect to power = ,841 20 feet, ..."

4. A New Malagasy-English Dictionary by James Richardson (1885)
"Made to touch one another, as head to head joined to each other ... To touch, to join as head to head, as the tops of the poles forming the gables of a ..."

5. The Statutes at Large from the Magna Charta, to the End of the Eleventh by Great Britain (1763)
"... from head to head, id (14) and for his labour for boning, ... and packing of every half-barrel of herring from head to head, id and for every ..."

6. Protocols of Proceedings of the International Marine Conference (1890)
"I hardly need say to the gentlemen of the Conference that the most dangerous position of approaching vessels is when they are head to head. ..."

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