take up arms


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Verb1.take up arms - commence hostilities
war - make or wage war
Translations
تَقَلَّد السِّلاح، تَهَيَّأ لِلحَرْب
pozvednout zbraně
gribe til våben
fegyvert fog
grípa til vopna
silâha sarılmak

arm2

(aːm) verb
1. to give weapons to (a person etc). to arm the police.
2. to prepare for battle, war etc. They armed for battle.
armed adjective
having a weapon or weapons. An armed man robbed the bank; Armed forces entered the country.
arms noun plural
1. weapons. Does the police force carry arms?
2. a design etc which is used as the symbol of the town, family etc (see also coat of arms).
be up in arms
to be very angry and make a great protest (about something). He is up in arms about the decision to close the road.
take up arms (often with against)
to begin fighting. The peasants took up arms against the dictator.