take up the cudgels


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take up the cudgels

To join in a dispute, especially in defense of a participant.
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Board members have been targeted in shareholder lawsuits alleging that they failed to take up the cudgels to prevent unscrupulous CEOs from pillaging their companies.
But perhaps we are still too keen to take up the cudgels for our friends and not keen enough to take soundings of Mr and Mrs Everyman.
Are there no Welsh AMs or MPs who will take up the cudgels to get this cross, and the many other artefacts stolen from us, back.
lJockeys are poised to take up the cudgels with the Jockey Club, which wants to raise the penalty for a first whip offence of the season from two days to four.
Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish Nationalists, is the latest punter to take up the cudgels.
Arthur Titherington chairman of the Japanese Labour Camp Survivors Association, said: ``If there is any justice in this world we will be told that the UK government has agreed to take up the cudgels on our behalf.