To cross the cudgels
Cudgel Cudg"el (k?j"?l), n. [OE. kuggel; cf. G. keule club (with a round end), kugel ball, or perh. W. cogyl cudgel, or D. cudse, kuds, cudgel.] A staff used in cudgel play, shorter than the quarterstaff, and wielded with one hand; hence, any heavy stick used as a weapon. [1913 Webster]

He getteth him a grievous crabtree cudgel and . . . falls to rating of them as if they were dogs. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

{Cudgel play}, a fight or sportive contest with cudgels.

{To cross the cudgels}, to forbear or give up the contest; -- a phrase borrowed from the practice of cudgel players, who lay one cudgel over another when the contest is ended.

{To take up cudgels for}, to engage in a contest in behalf of (some one or something). [1913 Webster]


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