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go to the mat

Definition of go to the mat

chiefly US informal

  1. :  to make a lot of effort to do something :  to try very hard at something <They went to the mat to protect the program.> <She'll go to the mat for you.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move on a course :  proceed — compare stop

    :  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied :  leave, depart

    :  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. :  the act or manner of going

    :  the height of fashion :  rage

    :  an often unexpected turn of affairs :  occurrence

  1. :  functioning properly :  being in good and ready condition

  1. :  a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

  1. :  a piece of coarse, woven, plaited, or felted fabric used especially as a floor covering or a support

    :  a piece of material placed at a door for wiping soiled shoe soles

    :  a decorative piece of material used under a small item (as a dish) especially for support or protection

  1. :  to provide with a mat or matting

    :  to form into a tangled mass

    :  to pack down so as to form a dense mass

  1. :  to make (as a metal, glass, or color) matte

    :  to provide (a picture) with a mat

  1. : variant of 2matte

  1. :  a border going around a picture between picture and frame or serving as the frame

  1. :  matrix


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