take up the cudgels

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take up (the) cudgels against (someone or something)

To prepare for or engage in a conflict against someone or something. May or may not refer to literally arming oneself. People from across the country are taking up the cudgels against the dictatorship. We have to be willing to take up the cudgels if we ever want to loosen the grip of these greedy corporations.
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take up the cudgels (for/on behalf of someone or something)

To defend, show strong support for, or argue on behalf of someone or something. People from across the country are taking up cudgels on behalf of the young man being held by police. He's got plenty of money to hire a proper legal team. I don't think he needs the likes of us taking up the cudgels.
See also: behalf, cudgel, of, on, someone, take, up

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

start to support someone or something strongly.
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take up the cudgels

To join in a dispute, especially in defense of a participant.
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agencies will necessarily take up the cudgel on your behalf if your rights are violated.
If we in Derwentside can follow the example set by an 83- year-old lady in Devon, then others may well take up the cudgel, and then our voices will surely be heard in high places.
He said: "It is time for someone to take up the cudgel and fight for local people on local issues.
Poe also hoped that President Rodrigo Duterte would find someone who is 'able and willing to take up the cudgels that Chavez left behind.
But Sir Vincent Fean said a decision was taken by Tony Blair's government "not to take up the cudgels on behalf of the victims directly".
Coun Bailey said: "I was glad to take up the cudgels again on my re-election a few months ago.
Perhaps our city leaders and MPs could take up the cudgels with Liverpool-born Culture Secretary Andy Burnham?
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.
My point is not to condemn the use of euphemism and dysphemism, to decry schadenfreude, or to take up the cudgels with Rush Limbaugh concerning political correctness.
People are often desperate in looking for heroes to stand up for them, to take up the cudgels for them.
But his no-win no-fee battle cry is controversial, particularly when unions take up the cudgels for women for free.