Go to the mat

What is Go to the mat?

Go to the mat definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
a piece of fabric made of plaited or woven rushes, straw, hemp, or similar fiber, or of some other pliant material, as rubber, used as a protective covering on a floor or other surface, to wipe the shoes on, etc.
a smaller piece of material, often ornamental, set under a dish of food, a lamp, vase, etc.
Sports. the padded canvas covering the entire floor of a wrestling ring, for protecting the contestants from injury when thrown. a thick pad placed on the floor for the protection of tumblers and others engaged in gymnastic sports.

a thickly growing or thick and tangled mass, as of hair or weeds.
a sack made of matting, as for coffee or sugar.
a slablike footing of concrete, especially one for an entire building.
a heavy mesh reinforcement for a concrete slab.

verb (used with object), matA.ted, matA.ting.
to cover with or as if with mats or matting.
to form into a mat, as by interweaving.

verb (used without object), matA.ted, matA.ting.
to become entangled; form tangled masses.


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