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Meaning of cudgel

cudg•el

Pronunciation: (kuj'ul), [key]
— n., v., -eled, -el•ing, -elled, -el•ling.
—n.
  1. a short, thick stick used as a weapon; club.
  2. to come to the defense or aid of someone or something.
—v.t.
  1. to strike with a cudgel; beat.
  2. to try to comprehend or remember: I cudgeled my brains to recall her name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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