Definition of take up the cudgels in English:

take up the cudgels


  • Start to defend or support someone or something strongly.

    ‘there was no one else to take up the cudgels on their behalf’
    • ‘The municipal workers union has taken umbrage at the allegations and has vowed to take up cudgels on behalf of their comrades in the flying squads.’
    • ‘I wrote to those who were talking about affordable housing, but neither took up the cudgels.’
    • ‘Bearing this in mind, it is intriguing to see it taking up the cudgels on behalf of the family of a murdered police officer.’
    • ‘She took up the cudgels at the recent protest meeting at the Wyvern Club in Church Walk, when many town councillors and members of local groups voiced their opposition to the closure.’
    • ‘She is adamant there is need to again take up the cudgels and for people to become involved in a campaign to have a general hospital located in Carlow Town.’
    • ‘Last week the government took up the cudgels and lodged a formal complaint that could eventually lead to a full-scale trade dispute.’
    • ‘She took up the cudgels after her husband Michael died a year ago after being seriously ill for two years, during which time she had to provide him with 24-hour care.’
    • ‘Anyway, it is not surprising that some of the townspeople have taken up the cudgels against the hunt.’
    • ‘When she left later that year, he took up the cudgels and drove the school towards achieving its target.’
    • ‘This week I took up the cudgels of credit controller for my small business.’