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I am not going down without a fight. go down (without a fight )=give up or give in? knuckle under is formal or informal? rarely used in daily life? Thanks
Feb 13, 2012 3:16 AM
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Nuckle Under is rarely used. It is rarely used. I understand it as - "to prepare mentally for a hard - (not always literally) painful situation. Go down = defeated. Not the same as give in though. It is more like being knocked out or being rendered helpless. Being knocked out is defeat without consent. So, "Will not go down without a fight" means you may or may not go down, but you will fight either way. This is a more common thing to hear. It is said when someone is the underdog or littler person, who wants to let the other know they are committed to the fight and nearly fearless.
February 13, 2012
Go down, give up, give in and knuckle under have the same meaning when used this way. All are commonly used, but while give up and give in are both formal and informal, go down (unless used literally, i.e., the boxer will go down) and knuckle under are more informal.
February 13, 2012
I am not going down without a fight = In the end, I may be defeated, but I will fight, nevertheless. "Knuckle under" is an idiom (as opposed to slang) and would not be used in extremely formal literature, but is found in everyday use.
February 13, 2012
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