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Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
The boy put up a fight like a small bear, but at last we got him into the automobile and drove away. (O. Henry, “The Ransom of Red Chief”)
to put up a fight = fight with spirit
You may also see "He didn't put up much of a fight" which means the person offered little resistance.
It could refer to a physical struggle or to argument.In this case, of course, it was physical.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.