Cudgel

Definition of Cudgel

Cudg´el   Pronunciation: k?j´?l
n.1.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).
v. t.1.To beat with a cudgel.
[imp. & p. p. Cudgeled or Cudgelled (- ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cudgeling or cudgelling.]
An he here, I would cudgel him like a dog.
- Shak.
To cudgel one's brains
to exercise one's wits.

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