Definition of put up a fight in US English:

put up a fight

phrase

  • Offer resistance to an attack.

    • ‘On Monday, however, local residents, including a large number of pensioners, said they would not let the home close without putting up a fight.’
    • ‘As the songwriter said, ‘treat the youths right, or they'll be putting up a fight.’’
    • ‘Still, they have a long way to go, even if they were clearly putting up a fight.’
    • ‘He was putting up a fight, but he didn't seem that strong.’
    • ‘I have observed that more women, including domestic helpers, have now realized their rights and, therefore, are putting up a fight against discrimination and violence.’
    • ‘O'Connell, on the other hand, seemed to have put up a fight.’
    • ‘Chelsea must be shown they can't just take our best players without us putting up a fight.’
    • ‘I beat a hasty retreat without putting up a fight.’
    • ‘I will not compromise my own principles and judgement without putting up a fight.’
    • ‘A journalist puts up a fight against an industrialist who is dumping chemical waste near a school.’
    retaliate, counterattack, strike back, hit back, reply, respond, react, reciprocate, return fire, give tit for tat, give as good as one gets, return the compliment, defend oneself, put up a fight, return like for like, get back at someone, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine
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