go

(redirected from go to the mat)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to go to the mat: nooks and crannies, Off the Top of My Head, couldn't, by way of, at least, take it for granted, have a blast
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
The union, which also added that the players have made it clear that they want a clean game and that they support efforts to discipline players, and harshly, to help ensure an even playing field for all, also is going to go to the mat to ensure that the process by which players are suspended doesn't get back into the lordship that former commissioners such as Bowie Kuhn and Fay Vincent tried to conduct.
The administration's hard line, "taken as a sign that the administration was ready to go to the mat with Bibi," encouraged Palestinian activists.
People will go to the mat to protect the Catholic church and its institutions, but they will not go to the mat to protect Taco Bell and other businessmen if they want to deny contraceptives to their women employees," said Jesuit Fr.
Then there are the boxing purists, who attack the "cowardly" way competitors go to the mat and do not stand and fight.