cudg•elPronunciation: (kuj'ul), [key]
—n., v., -eled, -el•ing, or (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling.
a short, thick stick used as a weapon; club.
2. take up the cudgels,
to come to the defense or aid of someone or something.
to strike with a cudgel; beat.
2. cudgel one's brains,
to try to comprehend or remember: I cudgeled my brains to recall her name.
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