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Cudgels

To take up the cudgels. To maintain an argument or position. To fight, as with a cudgel, for one's own way.

“For some reason he did not feel as hot to take up the cudgels for Almira with his mother.” -

M. E. Wilkins: A Modern Dragon.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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