Definition of take up arms in English:
Begin fighting: local people took up arms to fight a dam proposed by the government
More example sentences
- 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.’