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English definition of “take up the cudgels for/against sb/sth”

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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