go to the mat

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go to the mat (third-person singular simple present goes to the mat, present participle going to the mat, simple past went to the mat, past participle gone to the mat)

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) To continue to struggle or fight until either victorious or defeated.
    He was ready to go to the mat to keep the old color scheme.

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