hand-to-hand for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD also hand to hand
adjective [ADJ n]
Hand-to-handfighting is fighting where the people are very close together, using either their hands or weapons such as knives. ⇒ There was, reportedly, hand-to-hand combat in the streets. ⇒ He suffered two broken ribs in a fierce hand-to-hand battle.
This isn't like one of those kung fu movies where the villainthrows down his weapons and fights the herohand to hand.Phillip Margolin THE ASSOCIATE
Example sentences containing 'hand-to-hand'
Far too powerful for hand-to-hand fighting: but there was nothing else to use.Shah, Idries KARA KUSHBesides, for all her training in hand-to-hand combat, here was a man who was a master.Mark Burnell CHAMELEONHe seldom played much part in the hand-to-hand fighting himself - unless a subordinateasked him to, which did sometimeshappen.Hilton, John Buxton THE INNOCENTS AT HOME (A SUPERINTENDENT KENWORTHY NOVEL)This was a good move; breasts, as she'd found out in her own hand-to-hand fighting class, were vulnerable.S.M. Stirling T2: INFILTRATOR