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put up a fight
1. To struggle, fight, resist, etc. I thought we'd have to get law enforcement involved to get him off the land, but he didn't put up much of a fight in the end. I expect they'll put up a fight when we announce the pay cuts, but they'll either have to accept them or look for other work.
2. To make a brave or valiant effort against someone or something, especially when they or it is stronger than one. Usually modified by the adjective "good." They put up a good fight, but they never really had a chance to defeat us.
put up a struggle
To engage in a struggle, battle, confrontation, or competition, especially in a determined or courageous manner in the face of very poor chances. He was outclassed from the beginning of the struggle, but the newcomer put up a good struggle against the champ. She and her campaign put up a struggle to the very end, but the writing was on the wall in the weeks leading up to the election that she had lost.
give up the fight
To concede or surrender a fight, battle, or confrontation; to relinquish or renounce one's stance on something. The ferocity of their warriors is unmatched—even in the face of certain death, they will never give up the fight. Facing widespread opposition, the administration has been forced to give up the fight on tax reform.
give up the struggle
To concede or surrender a fight, battle, or confrontation; to relinquish or renounce one's stance on something. The ferocity of their warriors is unmatched—even in the face of certain death, they will never give up the struggle. Facing widespread opposition, the administration has been forced to give up the struggle on tax reform.
struggle to death
1. noun A bitter, hard-fought conflict that ends in the death of one of the participants. The battle between this lion and water buffalo truly is a struggle to the death—the victory of one ensures the demise of the other. The underground competition features experienced fighters from all over the world engaging in struggles to the death.
2. noun An extremely difficult or serious challenge. Used hyperbolically. It was a struggle to the death getting that old lawnmower working again, but by God I did it! We knew it would be a struggle to the death negotiating the contract with their firm.
3. verb To engage in a bitter, hard-fought conflict that ends in the death of one of the participants. I know it's morbid, but one of the things I like best about nature documentaries is watching predators and their prey struggling to the death. The crime boss forced the two underlings to struggle to the death, with the winner being spared any further punishment.
struggle to (do something)
To have difficulty or put forth a strenuous effort to do something. The device has proven expensive to manufacture and hard to market, so the company has struggled to make a profit this fiscal year. I've been struggling to understand your reasoning.
struggle along under (something)
To continue to cope or manage while dealing with some difficult or inconvenient burden or situation. The once-acclaimed director has been struggling along under a series of box-office flops. We struggled along under constant poverty when I was a kid, so I've learned to really appreciate the things I have now.
struggle along (with something)
To continue to cope or manage with one's current situation or condition, especially when it is difficult, inconvenient, or require strenuous effort. I haven't been enjoying college so far, but I've decided to struggle along for the rest of this year and see how I feel next summer. I just don't have the money for a new phone, so I've been struggling along with the same crappy flip-phone I had in high school.
struggle on with (something)
To continue doing or using something that is difficult, inconvenient, or require strenuous effort. I know you're not enjoying college so far, but struggle on with the rest of this year and see how you feel next summer. I just don't have the money for a new phone, so I've been struggling on with the same crappy flip-phone I had in high school.
struggle for (something)
To have difficulty or put forth a strenuous effort to achieve, obtain, devise, or produce something. I struggled for words when they presented me the award. I used to be able to crank out a new book every year, but lately I've been struggling for ideas.
an uphill struggle
A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill struggle. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill struggle ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
1. slang, dated One's car when used as a place for sexual activity. Primarily heard in US. The spot is a favorite location of young lovers looking to park their struggle buggies for a late-night romp. I knew he was just trying to tempt me into the backseat of his struggle buggy, but he was so handsome that I couldn't say no!
2. slang, old-fashioned A car that is especially old and in poor condition—that is, one that struggles to run properly. Sometimes hyphenated. Primarily heard in US. I can't believe you drove down the entire West Coast in that old struggle buggy—it's a miracle you even made it! I'm finally trading in my struggle-buggy for a newer model.
the struggle is real
A phrase used to emphasize that a particular situation (or life in general) is difficult. It is often used humorously and/or ironically when one is having difficulty doing something that should not be difficult or complaining about something that is not particularly problematic. Man, the struggle is real—it took me five tries to get into that parking space. A: "Ugh, there's a crazy line at the ice cream place right now." B: "Boy, the struggle is real, huh?"
give up the fightand give up the struggle
1. Lit. to quit fighting; to stop trying to do something. Don't give up the fight. Keep trying. Mary refused to give up the struggle.
2. Fig. to give up and die. At the end of months of pain, she gave up the fight. In the end, he lost interest in life and just gave up the struggle.
put up a fightand put up a struggle
to make a struggle, a fight, etc. (Fixed order.) Did he put up a fight? No, he only put up a bit of a struggle.
struggle against someone or something
to strive or battle against someone or something. There is no point in struggling against me. I will win out. He struggled against the disease for a year before he died.
struggle along under something
to make do as well as one can under a particular burden. I will have to struggle along under these poor conditions for quite a while. I am sorry you have to struggle along under such burdens.
struggle along (with someone or something)
to make do as well as one can with someone or something. I really need someone who can work faster, but I'll struggle along with Walter. We struggled along the best we could.
struggle for something
to strive to obtain something. I was struggling for a law degree when I won the lottery. I had to struggle for everything that came my way.
struggle on with something
to make do as well as one can with something. I will have to struggle on with the car that I have. We will struggle on with what we have, hoping for better someday.
struggle through (something)
to get through something in the best way possible. I am going to struggle through this dull book to the very end. The course was dull, but I struggled through.
struggle to do something
to strive or battle to do something. She struggled hard to meet her deadlines. We had to struggle to make ends meet.
struggle to the death
1. Lit. a bitter struggle ending in death. The wolf and the elk fought in a struggle to the death.
2. Fig. a serious problem with someone or something; a difficult challenge. I had a terrible time getting my car started. It was a struggle to the death, but it finally started.
struggle with someone (for something)
to fight with someone to obtain something. Max struggled with Lefty for the gun, and it went off. Timmy struggled with Bobby for the bicycle, and finally David took it away from both of them.
struggle with someone or something
to fight or battle with someone or something. Fred struggled with Tom for a while and finally gave in. Tom struggled with the disease for a while and finally succumbed to it.
uphill battleand uphill struggle
Fig. a hard struggle. Convincing the senator to see our point of view was an uphill battle, but we finally succeeded.
put up a (good) ˈfightfight or compete bravely against somebody/something stronger than you: The team put up a good fight but in the end they were beaten. ♢ She won’t accept the decision — she’ll put up a fight.
an uphill ˈstruggle/ˈbattle/ˈtasksomething that is difficult and takes a lot of effort over a long period of time: After the recent scandal, he faces an uphill struggle to win back public support before the next election.
The backseat of a car. This early- and mid-20th-century expression described an auto whose young owner tried to seduce unwilling young women into its backseat for a little (one of the euphemisms for the activity was “backseat boogie”). As the sophomoric joke went, “I call my car the Mayflower because so many Puritans came across in it.”