To die game

to maintain a bold, unyielding spirit to the last; to die fighting.

See also: Game

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Colter urged him to come on shore and submit, as his only chance for life; but the other knew there was no prospect of mercy, and determined to die game. Leveling his rifle, he shot one of the savages dead on the spot.