go to the mat for (someone or something)

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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. Many members of the party 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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go to the mat

vigorously engage in an argument or dispute, typically on behalf of a particular person or cause.
The mat referred to is the thick mat in a gym on which wrestling is practised.
1924 P. G. Wodehouse Leave it to Psmith I…heard…you and Aunt Constance going to the mat about poor old Phyllis.
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go to the ˈmat (with somebody) (for somebody/something)

(American English, informal) support or defend somebody/something in an argument with somebody: We went to the mat for him because he’d helped us in the past.
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When it came to selling, the couple must have wanted a broker who'd go to the mat for them.
As the Air Force made known that it would go to the mat for F-35 money, Lockheed Martin's stock price soared from $115 to $170.
If Republican leaders are unwilling to go to the mat for such a modest reform as the Enlist Act, there is little chance they'll consider a broader reform of the nation's broken immigration system, one that includes a path to citizenship or legal status for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country.
Ambassador Froman said, Over the last five years, we have expanded and intensified trade enforcement efforts, making clear that the Obama Administration is prepared and willing to go to the mat for American workers and businesses.
But the frame also saw an unusually large number of producers go to the mat for what conventional wisdom considers the hardest sell on Broadway--a new straight play with an untested title.
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.
We won't be foolish enough to suggest that the Sox didn't go to the mat for Teixeira because they had Anderson in the wings, but by all accounts, the kid has loads of potential and it will be fun to watch him develop.
Paul is the only national figure willing to go to the mat for these precious principles that will ensure tomorrow's opportunities," said Mr.
They've been clear that they see the unions as their constituency and they have to go to the mat for them," said Roberta Schaefer, executive director of The Research Bureau, whose report has been called "biased" by pro-union councilors.