Definition of cudgel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cudgel

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒl//
 
 
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  • a short thick stick that is used as a weapon
  • Word Origin Old English cycgel, of unknown origin.Idioms
    take up (the) cudgels on behalf of somebody/something
     
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    (old-fashioned) to defend or support somebody/something strongly
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cudgel

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