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Feb 27, 2014
This week's theme
Words derived from hand

This week's words
manumit
chiral
handsel
mano a mano
palmer

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mano a mano

PRONUNCIATION:
(MA-no a MA-no)

MEANING:
adverb:In direct competition; head-to-head.
adjective:One-on-one; face-to-face.
noun:1. A bullfight where two matadors compete in turn, fighting several bulls.
2. A direct or face-to-face confrontation.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Spanish mano a mano (hand to hand). Earliest documented use: 1950.

USAGE:
"Today, the editorial board of The Denver Post will go mano a mano with our colleagues at The Seattle Times over which city is better."
It Just Wouldn't Be Fair to Bring These Things Up; Denver Post; Feb 2, 2014.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

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