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put up a fight
1. To struggle, fight, resist, etc. I thought we'd have to get the law involved, 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 outmatched or unlikely to succeed. Usually modified by the adjective "good." They put up a good fight, but they never really had a chance to defeat us. She and her campaign put up a fight to the very end, but it was clear in the weeks leading up to the election that she would lose.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
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