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Mat

A general term for Russian profanity. The use of mat is illegal in Russia, though this is only enforced sporadically. However, inadvertently using mat can make it more difficult (or at least awkward) to conduct business in Russian.
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On foreign policy, he went to the mat for NAFTA, rammed through the expansion of NATO, refused to sign the treaties abolishing land mines and establishing a world court, lobbied for the arms companies, and bombed Iraq, the Sudan, and Afghanistan.
This childhood experience, Lueders writes, helped imprint on Knoll two "bedrock principles: an absolute commitment to nonviolence (he even opposed the use of violence to stop Hitler) and an absolute commitment to freedom of speech (he went to the mat to defend the right of bigots to preach hate).
Etim got back to his measured gameplan in round two, landing with some hard leg kicks that got Buchholz' attention and by the second minute, he was starting to close in with knees and kicks to the head before the fight went to the mat at the midway point.