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Mano a Mano

October 2015
Spot the Error

When Don saw the way his son disrespected his teacher, he knew that he’d have to have a talk with him mano a mano.

Mano a mano is borrowed from Spanish, and it literally means hand to hand, as in unarmed combat. Our use of mano a mano is less literal. In English, mano a mano refers to one-on-one contests or competitions, usually not involving physical combat.

Since the talk in the “father and son” sentence above is not a competition, mano a mano should be replaced with man to man.

~ Thank you Julie G. for the topic suggestion.

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