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take up the cudgel(s)
To defend, show strong support for, or argue on behalf of someone or something. Often followed by "for" or "on behalf of." 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 cudgel.
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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 cudgelsstart 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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- take up the cudgel(s) for (someone or something)
- take up the cudgels for somebody/something
- take up the cudgel(s) on behalf of (someone or something)
- keep (someone or something) for (someone or something)
- keep for
- intercede with (someone or something)
- procure (something) for
- convey (something) from (someone or something)