Meaning of “take up the cudgels for/against sb/sth” in the English Dictionary

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"take up the cudgels for/against sb/sth" in British English

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take up the cudgels for/against sb/sth

UK old-fashioned

to argue strongly in support of, or against, someone or something:

Relatives have taken up the cudgels for two British women accused of murder.

(Definition of “take up the cudgels for/against sb/sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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