Definition of hand-to-hand in English:



  • (of fighting) at close quarters.

    ‘training in hand-to-hand combat’
    • ‘The game should have stuck to more hand-to-hand combat action, which it does relatively well.’
    • ‘His struggle plunged his remaining clip into the dino's hip, equalizing the hand-to-hand fight.’
    • ‘Greg flew at him and in a moment they were engaged in hand-to-hand combat.’
    • ‘He's a former Israeli special forces commando and top hand-to-hand combat instructor.’
    • ‘I will also be there, unarmed and unaccompanied - you will be able to battle me in hand-to-hand combat.’
    • ‘You'll have three hours of hand-to-hand combat, and then three hours of weapons training.’
    • ‘While he was a good challenge at longer ranges, he had difficulty fighting in close and in hand-to-hand combat.’
    • ‘Individual streets were fought over using hand-to-hand combat.’
    • ‘As a result, she was fairly good in a hand-to-hand fight, and could shoot a stone with a sling amazingly far and accurate.’
    • ‘It is not long before the goons are overrunning the guards and engaging with them in hand-to-hand combat.’
    • ‘Sarah bowed out and ran over to Lauren and Rachel who were engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the guards.’
    • ‘In a few years, maybe, you will have to do a little hand-to-hand combat with him in those wee bleak hours, when confidence threatens to drain away.’
    • ‘At present, she was trying to fight Jeremy in hand-to-hand combat, and was failing.’
    • ‘Why not include hand-to-hand battles with Roman characters, or even chariot races for control of a particular piece of land?’
    • ‘Political Editor Simon McGee reports on the close hand-to-hand fight over Yorkshire's only three-way marginal.’
    • ‘She was sure that if they had fought hand-to-hand combat without concealed weapons, they would lose for sure.’
    • ‘Their experience with explosives and hand-to-hand combat have to be good for a touching moment or two.’
    • ‘The plan was for all the fast guys to receive reinforcements from the slower ones after a brief moment of hand-to-hand combat.’
    • ‘He killed this enemy in hand-to-hand combat, gathered up the ammunition and returned to his unit.’
    • ‘Her best fights were hand-to-hand, but she wasn't half bad at weapons, either.’