die in boots
die in (one's) boots
To fight back, rather than passively accept something. I know that protesting seems fruitless, but we can't just give up on this cause—we have to die in our boots.
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die in one's bootsand die with one's boots on
Fig. to go down fighting; to die in some fashion other than in bed; to die fighting. (Popularized by western movies. Heroes and villains of these movies said they preferred death in a gunfight to showing cowardice or giving up.) I won't let him get me. I'll die in my boots. a gunfight to showing cowardice or giving up.) I won't let him get me. I'll die in my boots.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.