Start to defend or support someone or something strongly: there was no one else to take up the cudgels on their behalf
More example sentences
- She is adamant there is need to again take up the cudgels and for people to become involved in a campaign to have a general hospital located in Carlow Town.
- Last week the government took up the cudgels and lodged a formal complaint that could eventually lead to a full-scale trade dispute.
- She took up the cudgels at the recent protest meeting at the Wyvern Club in Church Walk, when many town councillors and members of local groups voiced their opposition to the closure.
Definition of take up the cudgels in:
- The US English dictionary