take up the cudgels (for/on behalf of someone or something)(redirected from take up the cudgels (on behalf of someone or something))
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.
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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.
take up the cudgelsstart to support someone or something strongly.
take up the ˈcudgels for somebody/something,
take up the cudgels on behalf of somebody/something(old-fashioned, written) start to defend or support somebody/something: The local newspapers have taken up the cudgels on behalf of the woman who was unfairly dismissed from her job because she was pregnant.
A cudgel is a short thick stick that is used as a weapon.
take up the cudgels
To join in a dispute, especially in defense of a participant.