cudgel

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cudg·el

 (kŭj′əl)
n.
A short heavy stick; a club.
tr.v. cudg·eled, cudg·el·ing, cudg·els or cudg·elled or cudg·el·ling
To beat or strike with or as if with a cudgel.

[Middle English cuggel, from Old English cycgel.]

cudgel

(ˈkʌdʒəl)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a short stout stick used as a weapon
2. take up the cudgels (often foll by: for or on behalf of) to join in a dispute, esp to defend oneself or another
vb, -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
3. (tr) to strike with a cudgel or similar weapon
4. cudgel one's brains to think hard about a problem
[Old English cycgel; related to Middle Dutch koghele stick with knob]
ˈcudgeller, ˈcudgeler n

cudg•el

(ˈkʌdʒ əl)

n., v. -eled, -el•ing, (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. a short, thick stick used as a weapon; club.
v.t.
2. to strike with a cudgel; beat.
Idioms:
cudgel one's brains, to try hard to comprehend or remember.
[before 900; Middle English cuggel, Old English cycgel]

cudgel


Past participle: cudgelled
Gerund: cudgelling

Imperative
cudgel
cudgel
Present
I cudgel
you cudgel
he/she/it cudgels
we cudgel
you cudgel
they cudgel
Preterite
I cudgelled
you cudgelled
he/she/it cudgelled
we cudgelled
you cudgelled
they cudgelled
Present Continuous
I am cudgelling
you are cudgelling
he/she/it is cudgelling
we are cudgelling
you are cudgelling
they are cudgelling
Present Perfect
I have cudgelled
you have cudgelled
he/she/it has cudgelled
we have cudgelled
you have cudgelled
they have cudgelled
Past Continuous
I was cudgelling
you were cudgelling
he/she/it was cudgelling
we were cudgelling
you were cudgelling
they were cudgelling
Past Perfect
I had cudgelled
you had cudgelled
he/she/it had cudgelled
we had cudgelled
you had cudgelled
they had cudgelled
Future
I will cudgel
you will cudgel
he/she/it will cudgel
we will cudgel
you will cudgel
they will cudgel
Future Perfect
I will have cudgelled
you will have cudgelled
he/she/it will have cudgelled
we will have cudgelled
you will have cudgelled
they will have cudgelled
Future Continuous
I will be cudgelling
you will be cudgelling
he/she/it will be cudgelling
we will be cudgelling
you will be cudgelling
they will be cudgelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cudgelling
you have been cudgelling
he/she/it has been cudgelling
we have been cudgelling
you have been cudgelling
they have been cudgelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cudgelling
you will have been cudgelling
he/she/it will have been cudgelling
we will have been cudgelling
you will have been cudgelling
they will have been cudgelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cudgelling
you had been cudgelling
he/she/it had been cudgelling
we had been cudgelling
you had been cudgelling
they had been cudgelling
Conditional
I would cudgel
you would cudgel
he/she/it would cudgel
we would cudgel
you would cudgel
they would cudgel
Past Conditional
I would have cudgelled
you would have cudgelled
he/she/it would have cudgelled
we would have cudgelled
you would have cudgelled
they would have cudgelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cudgel - a club that is used as a weaponcudgel - a club that is used as a weapon  
bastinado - a cudgel used to give someone a beating on the soles of the feet
club - stout stick that is larger at one end; "he carried a club in self defense"; "he felt as if he had been hit with a club"
shillalah, shillelagh - a cudgel made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn)
Verb1.cudgel - strike with a cudgel
hit - deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument; "He hit her hard in the face"

cudgel

noun
1. club, stick, baton, bludgeon, truncheon, cosh (Brit.), shillelagh He has slept with a cudgel by his bed since being burgled.
verb
1. beat, batter, thrash, thump, bang, cane, pound, bludgeon, pummel, cosh (Brit.), thwack, drub He used to cudgel his stepson like a dog.
Translations
هِراوَه، نَبّوتيضْرِبُ بِالهَراوَه
kyjtlouci holí
knipleknippel
nuijaryhmysauva
bunkósbotfurkósbotfütyköshusángmegbotoz
barefli, lurkurlemja meî lurk
mušti vėzdu
nūjarungasist ar nūju/rungu
biť kyjakom
kalın sopasopa çekmeksopalamak

cudgel

[ˈkʌdʒəl]
A. Nporra f
to take up the cudgels for sth/sbsalir a la defensa de algo/algn
B. VTaporrear

cudgel

[ˈkʌdʒəl]
ngourdin m
to take up the cudgels for sb/sth → prendre fait et cause pour qn/qch
vt
to cudgel one's brains → se creuser la tête

cudgel

n (Brit) → Knüppel m; to take up the cudgels for or on behalf of somebody/something (fig)für jdn/etw eintreten or eine Lanze brechen, für jdn/etw auf die Barrikaden gehen
vtprügeln; to cudgel one’s brains (fig)sich (dat)das (Ge)hirn zermartern

cudgel

[ˈkʌdʒl]
1. n (weapon) → manganello, randello
to take up the cudgels for sb/sth (fig) → mettersi a lottare per qn/qc
2. vt to cudgel one's brainsscervellarsi, spremersi le meningi

cudgel

(ˈkadʒəl) noun
a heavy stick or club.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈcudgelled , (American) ˈcudgeled
to beat with a cudgel.
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There are few campaigns in the town with which he has not been involved - from taking up the cudgels in the David and Goliath fight against the development of Clayton Fields in the Birkby area to ensuring the future of The George Hotel by the railway station.
We are happy that the VHP is taking up the cudgels for the majority.
Taking up the cudgels for the BJP leader, Lalit Modi tweeted: "Smooth talking Shashi Tharoor - sure has got a second lease on Life.