take up the cudgels
phrasal to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • take up the cudgels — phrasal : to engage vigorously in a defense (as of a person, a principle) especially in argument or debate usually used with for will gladly take up the cudgels for you, if you ll just send in your arguments Wilson Library Bulletin * * * take up… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take up the cudgels — to take action to support or defend a person, idea, political movement etc She has taken up the cudgels on behalf of women everywhere …   English dictionary

  • take up the cudgels against someone — take up the cudgels against (someone/something) British & Australian take up the cudgels for (someone/something) to argue strongly in support of someone or something. Environmental groups have taken up the cudgels against multinational companies …   New idioms dictionary

  • take up the cudgels against something — take up the cudgels against (someone/something) British & Australian take up the cudgels for (someone/something) to argue strongly in support of someone or something. Environmental groups have taken up the cudgels against multinational companies …   New idioms dictionary

  • take up the cudgels against — (someone/something) British & Australian take up the cudgels for (someone/something) to argue strongly in support of someone or something. Environmental groups have taken up the cudgels against multinational companies …   New idioms dictionary

  • take up the cudgels for someone — take up the cudgels for (someone/something) British & Australian, British & Australian to argue strongly in support of someone or something. Relatives have taken up the cudgels for two British women accused of murder …   New idioms dictionary

  • take up the cudgels for something — take up the cudgels for (someone/something) British & Australian, British & Australian to argue strongly in support of someone or something. Relatives have taken up the cudgels for two British women accused of murder …   New idioms dictionary

  • take up the cudgels for — (someone/something) British & Australian, British & Australian to argue strongly in support of someone or something. Relatives have taken up the cudgels for two British women accused of murder …   New idioms dictionary

  • take up (the) cudgels on behalf of somebody — take up (the) cudgels on behalf of sb/sth idiom (old fashioned) to defend or support sb/sth strongly Main entry: ↑cudgelidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • take up (the) cudgels on behalf of something — take up (the) cudgels on behalf of sb/sth idiom (old fashioned) to defend or support sb/sth strongly Main entry: ↑cudgelidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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