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cudgel


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cudgel  \Cudg"el\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Cudgeled}  or  {Cudgelled} 
  (-?ld);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Cudgeling}  or  {cudgelling}.] 
  To  beat  with  a  cudgel. 
 
  An  he  here  I  would  cudgel  him  like  a  dog.  --Shak. 
 
  {To  cudgel  one's  brains},  to  exercise  one's  wits. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cudgel  \Cudg"el\  (k?j"?l),  n.  [OE.  kuggel  cf  G.  keule  club 
  (with  a  round  end),  kugel  ball,  or  perh.  W.  cogyl  cudgel,  or 
  D.  cudse,  kuds,  cudgel.] 
  A  staff  used  in  cudgel  play,  shorter  than  the  quarterstaff, 
  and  wielded  with  one  hand;  hence  any  heavy  stick  used  as  a 
  weapon. 
 
  He  getteth  him  a  grievous  crabtree  cudgel  and  .  .  . 
  falls  to  rating  of  them  as  if  they  were  dogs.  --Bunyan. 
 
  {Cudgel  play},  a  fight  or  sportive  contest  with  cudgels. 
 
  {To  cross  the  cudgels},  to  forbear  or  give  up  the  contest;  -- 
  a  phrase  borrowed  from  the  practice  of  cudgel  players,  who 
  lay  one  cudgel  over  another  when  the  contest  is  ended. 
 
  {To  take  up  cudgels  for},  to  engage  in  a  contest  in  behalf  of 
  (some  one  or  something). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cudgel 
  n  :  used  as  a  weapon 
  v  :  strike  with  a  cudgel 




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