go to the mat


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go to the mat for (someone or something)

To give someone or something one's full support; to fight for someone or something until the very end. We firmly believe that she is in the right on this matter, and we're ready to go to the mat for her in court if necessary. Democrats have said that they'll go to the mat for this bill.
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go to the mat

Fight until one side or another is victorious, as in The governor said he'd go to the mat for this bill. This term comes from wrestling and evokes the holding of an opponent when both contestants are down on the mat, the padded floor-covering used in matches. It has been used figuratively since about 1900.
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go to the mat

mainly AMERICAN
If someone goes to the mat, they fight very fiercely about something. Erickson said he will go to the mat to save parks in the city. This was a cause that Greens, Socialists and a majority of Liberals were willing to go to the mat for. Note: This expression refers to a wrestler who fights fiercely and is willing to risk a fall.
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No one is going to go to the mat for the Coast Guard.
If you want to make your work 'work' for you, find and establish your own voice, develop an understanding of what issues you will go to the mat for and which you wont, and learn how to think for yourself.
She has more degrees than a thermostat and was a lawyer in real life who once worked in family law, so she knows how to go to the mat as well as Stacy Keibler.
Baucus to go to the mat to win a bipartisan agreement, largely because of his enduring friendship with the committee's ranking minority member Sen.
Hence reform is not implemented, entrenched interests win the day and, if anything, are more emboldened and inoculated against further attempts at reform, knowing the chief executive isn't going to go to the mat for it.
She's tough and will go to the mat for her staff, her agency and her city.
We go to the mat on this and continually divide ourselves at a time when the Right is organizing around a very common theme," he says.
sanctions on Darfur, which would require a willingness that's so far been lacking to go to the mat with opponents such as China.
They're probably most appropriate for the average man with BPH who says that his symptoms are bothersome and that he'd like to try something for them, but they're not so bad that he would go to the mat and do almost anything for relief.