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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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mattress mambo

n. an act of copulation. (Contrived.) I get my exercise doing the mattress mambo.
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References in classic literature ?
He was obliged to laugh at the idea, monsieur, as your friend is doing now,--for whoever heard of a mattress having a double bottom?
Weller lay extended on his mattress at one end of the room, and the cobbler on his, at the other; the apartment being illumined by the light of a rush-candle, and the cobbler's pipe, which was glowing below the table, like a red-hot coal.
But, in light of the current state of the mattress business, we are very fortunate to be able to show retailers something new and exciting at these very desirable price points.
4) Entrapment occurs when a resident/patient is caught, trapped, or entangled in the space in or about the bedrail, mattress, or hospital bed frame.
I finally wore him down," she said, with the promise that if he didn't agree it was a good night's sleep, she'd return his customary mattress the next morning.
If you experience discomfort or are restless in bed, this revolutionary new mattress topper will give an instant improvement to your sleeping surface, helping to ensure a sound and healthy night's sleep.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to most people which is why Custom Bedding - Orange Mattress makes natural mattresses.
HOUSTON -- With its most recent acquisition, Mattress Firm has taken its biggest step yet to becoming a significant national retailer of mattresses.
DUBLIN, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Mattress Market 2014-2018" report to their offering.
About Furniture Row Companies The specialty stores of Furniture Row include Denver Mattress, Sofa Mart, Oak Express, and Bedroom Expressions.
Serta to Donate a Portion of Sales Proceeds from iComfort Bed Mattress manufacturer Serta has agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from each iComfort sold during the month of November to the Mattress Firm Foundation for a total of $25,000.
Someone can be in a store and say, |I like this mattress, but I want that design,' and all the retailer has to do is call us and we can do it," he said.
The new study suggests that doctors "may be confident in recommending a mattress of medium firmness" to patients with bad backs, she says.
Study participants were told that researchers were testing whether a new mattress could help relieve back pain.
Depending on the type of mattress, the plant can reclaim 60% to 90% of the mattress components.