Definition of take up arms in English:

take up arms

phrase

  • Begin fighting:

    ‘local people took up arms to fight a dam proposed by the government’
    • ‘The war is southern Sudan erupted in 1983 when black African rebels took up arms to fight Khartoum-based Islamic governments.’
    • ‘The Conventions also establish the criteria that must be met in order to qualify as a lawful combatant taking up arms for the state.’
    • ‘Certainly, Colombo residents Kumudini Samuel and Chandragupta Thenuwara are more likely to join an anti-war protest than to take up arms.’
    • ‘‘Some people say they would be happy to take up arms and fight,’ one envoy said.’
    • ‘I took up arms and fought the corrupt military and government.’
    • ‘As she observed, ‘the purpose of detention is to prevent captured individuals from returning to the field of battle and taking up arms once again.’’
    • ‘Likewise, when the US attempted to arrest Muqtada al-Sadr, it enraged the ghetto Shiite youth, many of whom took up arms against the US forces for the first time.’
    • ‘Pointing to one of our articles, he said, ‘Young people are taking up arms and going to fight because you write this kind of stuff.’’
    • ‘I would like to dedicate this day to the memory of a young woman, barely in her twenties, who took up arms in 1978 to fight for the liberation of Palestine.’
    • ‘To many Britons, including government politicians, they are traitors, willing to take up arms to fight the armed forces of the country they grew up in.’
    • ‘Many aided the Rangers, supplying carts and food, and often taking up arms to join in the fight against the Japanese.’
    • ‘Only socialism has the power to unite the American people who despise war and oppression and who first took up arms in the struggle for freedom and equality over two centuries ago.’
    • ‘Their inhabitants fled after similar attacks, according to rebels in the region who took up arms against the Arab government in Khartoum in February last year.’
    • ‘What it means is that we do not take up arms to attack others.’
    • ‘The latest war in Sudan erupted when southern rebels took up arms against the predominantly Arab and Muslim northern government in a bid to obtain greater autonomy for the largely animist and Christian south.’
    • ‘The government estimates some 1 million Liberians have been displaced by the war, which began in 1999 when rebels took up arms against Taylor.’
    • ‘Some of the others managed to take up arms and a battle began between those who only hours earlier had been allies.’
    • ‘He took up arms with the Earl of Mar, but after the battle of Sheriffmuir he was forced to flee the country.’
    • ‘Rebels took up arms against Taylor in 1999, however, battling their way to the capital in June and forcing the cornered president into exile in Nigeria two months later.’
    • ‘Walsh added that it was an affront to all those who took up arms during the War of Independence and died in the fight to remove the British from this country.’
    fight, do battle, give battle, wage war, go to war, make war
    attack, mount an attack
    combat, engage, meet, clash, skirmish
    be a soldier, fight for king and country, fight for queen and country
    crusade
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