take up the cudgels for

take up the cudgels for somebody/something

  (British & Australian) also take up the cudgels on behalf of somebody/something (British & Australian)
to argue strongly in support of someone or something
Usage notes: A cudgel is a short, heavy stick which is used as a weapon.
Relatives have taken up the cudgels for two British women accused of murder. (British & Australian)
See also: cudgel, take, up
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But his no-win no-fee battle cry is controversial, particularly when unions take up the cudgels for women for free.
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.