go down fighting

go down fighting

Fig. to continue the struggle until one is completely defeated. I won't give up easily. I'll go down fighting. Sally, who is very determined, went down fighting.
See also: down, fight
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The Cherries have only failed to score in two of their last 12 league games - against a welldrilled Southampton side and in a freak defeat to Newcastle that could have seen Bournemouth score six - and, while the visitors are likely to come up short against Chelsea, they should go down fighting.
TIM SHERWOOD promised to go down fighting as he battles to keep his job at Villa Park.
HANNAH EDWARDS proudly bears her battle scars but the water polo hopeful says she'll go down fighting even if GB sink without a trace in their opener against Greece at the European Games today in Baku.
He has tried to be nicey nicey with the players to protect them and look after them and he has thought 'if I am going to go down I am going to go down fighting my way - not the players' way.
While relegation to National Three Midlands is extremely likely, Shaun Perry's side will be keen that they go down fighting.
Chappell also wants the Australians, who trail two-nil in the five-match series, to at least go down fighting if they are going to cop another defeat in Manchester in the match, adding that although David Warner is needed in the side, he should be opening rather than batting at six, although he feared that would not happen.
City's hopes of retaining their Premier League title may appear slim but Aguero says they are determined to go down fighting.
City's hopes of retaining their Premier League title may appear slim, but Aguero says they are determined to go down fighting.
I can live with defeat as long as you go down fighting, but not this.
DARLINGTON manager Craig Liddle has accepted that his side will be relegated - but wants them to go down fighting.
CRICKET: With Yorkshire hovering on the brink of relegation, Ryan Sidebottom remained determined that his side would go down fighting on the third day of their LV= County Championship clash with Somerset at Headingley.
Pompey are to be deducted nine points for their financial strife, but on the pitch the Pompey players showed they will go down fighting after they beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.
On the pitch, those players at least proved if they are going to be relegated this season given the nine-point deduction as punishment, but which has yet to be ratified by the Premier League board, then they will go down fighting.
Harris, the slow left-armer, was the Proteas' star man in notching his best-Test haul of six for 127, but the day undoubtedly belonged to Johnson after he slammed an unbeaten 123 in just 103 balls to help his side go down fighting.
All that's left to find out is whether they go down fighting or roll over and count the cash.