mat

1
[ mat ]
/ mæt /

noun

verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.

to cover with or as if with mats or matting.
to form into a mat, as by interweaving.

verb (used without object), mat·ted, mat·ting.

to become entangled; form tangled masses.

Idioms

    go to the mat, to contend or struggle in a determined or unyielding way: The president is going to the mat with Congress over the proposed budget cuts.

Origin of mat

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English matte < Late Latin matta mat of rushes < Semitic; compare Hebrew mittāh bed

Related forms

mat·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for go to the mat (1 of 3)

mat

1
/ (mæt) /

noun

verb mats, matting or matted

to tangle or weave or become tangled or woven into a dense mass
(tr) to cover with a mat or mats

Derived Forms

matless, adjective

Word Origin for mat

Old English matte; related to Old High German matta

British Dictionary definitions for go to the mat (2 of 3)

mat

2
/ (mæt) /

noun

a border of cardboard, cloth, etc, placed around a picture to act as a frame or as a contrast between picture and frame
a surface, as on metal or paint

adjective

having a dull, lustreless, or roughened surface

verb mats, matting or matted (tr)

to furnish (a picture) with a mat
to give (a surface) a mat finish
Also (for senses 2, 4): matt

Word Origin for mat

C17: from French, literally: dead; see checkmate

British Dictionary definitions for go to the mat (3 of 3)

mat

3
/ (mæt) /

noun

printing informal short for matrix (def. 5)
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Idioms and Phrases with go to the mat (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with go to the mat (2 of 2)

mat


see go to the mat; welcome mat.

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