take up the cudgels

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take up the cudgels

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take up the cudgel

If you take up the cudgels for someone or take up the cudgel for them, you speak or fight in support of them. The trade unions took up the cudgels for the 367 staff who were made redundant. We are hoping that the government will take up the cudgel on our behalf. Note: A cudgel was a short, thick stick that was used as a weapon in the past.
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take up the cudgels

To join in a dispute, especially in defense of a participant.
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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.