They can go to the mat for him with donors and insiders and pull every string they can to wire a speakership vote.
On the trail of her guru, Gilbert stays at an ashram for four months, and she attempts to describe yoga from the mat up.
Still, few believe the president is ready to go to the mat when it comes to the punk band.
Itay Hod on the stunningly lucrative spectacle that had cash-strapped mayors going to the mat.
The group of students smoking hookahs on a mat serves as a reminder of the elusive dream of a new Middle East.
In two minutes the mullah returned and threw a mat over the threshold.
The door was half-open, as Morris was talking with some one on the mat in the hall.
If you put the mat outside the door, he tore the corner of the tablecloth.
The canoe was gliding along near the shore, as the father gave these instructions, reclining upon his mat.
A dog, sleek-skinned, lies on the mat, and gets up as you come in.
loosely joined natural materials used as bedding, etc., Old English matte, from Late Latin matta "mat made of rushes" (4c.), probably from Punic or Phoenician matta (cf. Hebrew mittah "bed, couch"). Meaning "tangled mass" is from 1835. That of "piece of padded flooring used in gymnastics or wrestling" is attested from 1892; hence figurative phrase go to the mat "do battle" (1910). The Latin word also is the source of German Matte, matze; Dutch mat, Italian matta. French natte "mat, matting" is from Late Latin secondary form natta (cf. napkin).
"sheet of backing material," 1845, from French mat "dull surface or finish" (15c.), noun use of Old French mat (adj.); see mat (adj.).
1640s, "lusterless, dull" (of a color or surface), from French mat "dull, dead surface," from Old French mat "beaten down, withered, afflicted, dejected; dull," which is perhaps from Latin mattus "maudlin with drink," from madere "to be wet or sodden, be drunk," from PIE root *mad- "to be wet, drip" (see mast (n.2)). Or the French word might represent a transferred use from chess of mater "to checkmate, defeat," from Arabic (see mate (v.2)).
early 15c., "to make mats," from mat (n.1). From 1540s as "to provide with mats, to cover with mats;" meaning "to become tangled" is from 1570s. Related: Matted; matting.