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1cudgel/ˈkʌʤəl/noun
pluralcudgels
1cudgel
/ˈkʌʤəl/
noun
pluralcudgels
Learner's definition of CUDGEL  
[count]
: a short heavy club

pick/take up the cudgels for

somewhat old-fashioned
: to fight in defense or support of (someone or something)
2cudgel/ˈkʌʤəl/verb
cudgelsUScudgeledor BritishcudgelledUScudgelingor Britishcudgelling
2cudgel
/ˈkʌʤəl/
verb
cudgelsUScudgeledor BritishcudgelledUScudgelingor Britishcudgelling
Learner's definition of CUDGEL  
[+ object]
: to hit (someone or something) with a club— usually used figuratively

cudgel your brain/brains

— see 1brain
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