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go to the mattresses

To enter into or prepare for a lengthy war, battle, or conflict; to adopt a combative or warlike position. While the true origin is uncertain, the phrase was popularized in English by The Godfather novel and films, where it referred to warring mafia families housing their soldiers in small, secure apartments to await orders. While Republicans have shown some flexibility over other contentious issues, it looks as though they're ready to go to the mattresses over the issue of gun control. We'll go to the mattresses if that's what it takes to defend ourselves!
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UNHCR is also buying matresses, hygiene and other priority items locally.
The Adelphi was putting up guests on matresses on the floors, and the episode earned it a fly-on-the-wall TV series all of its own, including a hit single, 'Just Cook Will Yer' penned by Rob Fennah of Liverpool band Alternative Radio.
The stench of garbage filled the air as classrooms were packed with dirty matresses.
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He said the aid includes material relief items, like food baskets, tents, blankets, ready-made homes and matresses.
In total, over 40 people sleep in the four small rooms of this building, mostly crammed together on filthy matresses.
Willem de Wet of Tsumkwe Country Lodge (middle) has made an urgent plea to the business community to assist the Bushmen in and around Tsumkwe with food, baby bottles, clothing, blankets and matresses.
Glampers use more sophisticated equipment and prefer to sleep on blow-up matresses or camp beds instead of the ground.
Each room has been decorated to provide the maximum comfort for guests, including sumptuous pocket-sprung matresses and Egyptian cotton sheets.
Damage to the matresses of the patient beds prevents efficient disinfection and sterilization.
The worst of the trusts, Basildon and Thurrock in Essex, was condemned by inspectors after they found bloodsplattered walls and matresses.
The Noakes yard has removed over a tonne of unnecessary gear from Loyal, and not just the bulky bits like the oven--crewmembers will be praying for good wind and a quick race south because they certainly won't be finding matresses on their bunks.
Group of youths taunted the police in the streets and stoked fires with rubbish bins and matresses.
They include Au6,764 on a new sofa suite, Au3,600 on window locks, Au760 on window seat cushions, Au275 on lampshades and Au90 on matresses and sheets.