Definition of take up arms in English:

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take up arms

Begin fighting: local people took up arms to fight a dam proposed by the government
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  • Some of the others managed to take up arms and a battle began between those who only hours earlier had been allies.
  • The war is southern Sudan erupted in 1983 when black African rebels took up arms to fight Khartoum-based Islamic governments.
  • Pointing to one of our articles, he said, ‘Young people are taking up arms and going to fight because you write this kind of stuff.’
fight, do battle, give battle, wage war, go to war, make war;
attack, mount an attack;
combat, engage, meet, clash, skirmish;
be a soldier, fight for Queen/King and country;
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