Something man-to-man is straightforward and personal. If your dad has something very important to tell you, he might sit you down for a man-to-man conversation.

You could also describe a man-to-man talk as being "one-on-one" or even "woman-to-woman," since man-to-man obviously excludes anyone who's not male. The term has an implication of extreme honesty: "It might hurt your feelings, but I think it's time for a man-to-man chat about your grades." You can also use man-to-man to mean "player to player," a common sports defense strategy in which every player guards one specific opponent.

Definitions of man-to-man

adj forthright and honest

“had a man-to-man talk about the facts of life”
straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

adj being a system of play in which an individual defensive player guards an individual offensive player

individual, single
being or characteristic of a single thing or person

adv directly

“we must talk man-to-man

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