Posted by ESC on July 28, 2003
In Reply to: Go to the mattresses posted by ESC on July 28, 2003
: : I've heard this phrase from The Godfather, and I know it means to die, but does anyone know the origin of it? Or why it says, the mattresses?
: It means "go to war." They buy mattresses to outfit an apartment/house where everyone sleeps until it's over.
"I found an excellent site called http://organizedcrime.about.com/cs/glossary%20which%20has%20the%20greatest%20glossary%20of%20crime%20terms.%20They%20say%20that%20to%20'go to the mattresses' means 'to go into hiding', (presumably because someone in hiding would just lie on the bed and wait for the heat to go off.)" From http://www.mindspring.com/~boba4/Honor.html