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. 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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In that event, the question is: Will the White House be willing to go to the mat to defend the FDA, or will President Clinton choose to compromise?
Fielding is your best and final offer on this, are you going to go to the mat in protecting the principle that you talked about?
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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.
When somebody clearly puts public life in jeopardy, we're going to go to the mat on it.
But I'm willing to go to the mat of affirmative action and other preferential treatment programs for blacks.
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.
This council is prepared to go to the mat and make sure the law is followed.
No party has displayed willingness to go to the mat to preserve the reproductive rights of women.
His neighbors say they'll go to the mat for him, sign petitions or anything he needs if the city ever gives him any guff for taking over that vacant lot and improving it.
With ``Anastasia,'' Disney appears ready to go to the mat.