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To take up cudgels for
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).
To take up the gauntlet
Gauntlet Gaunt"let, n. [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. v["o]ttr, for vantr.] 1. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds. Note: The gauntlet of the Middle Ages was sometimes of chain mail, sometimes of leather partly covered with plates, scales, etc., of metal sewed to it, and, in the 14th century, became a glove of small steel plates, carefully articulated and covering the whole hand except the palm and the inside of the fingers. 2. A long glove, covering the wrist. 3. (Naut.) A rope on which hammocks or clothes are hung for drying. To take up the gauntlet, to accept a challenge. To throw down the gauntlet, to offer or send a challenge. The gauntlet or glove was thrown down by the knight challenging, and was taken up by the one who accepted the challenge; -- hence the phrases.
To take up the glove
to treat without reserve or tenderness; to deal roughly with. [Colloq.] To take up the glove, to accept a challenge or adopt a quarrel. To throw down the glove, to challenge to combat.
To take up the hatchet
Hatchet face, a thin, sharp face, like the edge of a hatchet; hence: Hatchet-faced, sharp-visaged. --Dryden. To bury the hatchet, to make peace or become reconciled. To take up the hatchet, to make or declare war. The last two phrases are derived from the practice of the American Indians.
To take upon
Upon Up*on", prep.[AS. uppan, uppon; upp up + on, an, on. See Up, and On.] On; -- used in all the senses of that word, with which it is interchangeable. ``Upon an hill of flowers.' --Chaucer. Our host upon his stirrups stood anon. --Chaucer. Thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar. --Ex. xxix. 21. The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. --Judg. xvi. 9. As I did stand my watch upon the hill. --Shak. He made a great difference between people that did rebel upon wantonness, and them that did rebel upon want. --Bacon. This advantage we lost upon the invention of firearms. --Addison. Upon the whole, it will be necessary to avoid that perpetual repetition of the same epithets which we find in Homer. --Pope. He had abandoned the frontiers, retiring upon Glasgow. --Sir. W. Scott. Philip swore upon the Evangelists to abstain from aggression in my absence. --Landor. Note: Upon conveys a more distinct notion that on carries with it of something that literally or metaphorically bears or supports. It is less employed than it used to be, on having for the most part taken its place. Some expressions formed with it belong only to old style; as, upon pity they were taken away; that is, in consequence of pity: upon the rate of thirty thousand; that is, amounting to the rate: to die upon the hand; that is, by means of the hand: he had a garment upon; that is, upon himself: the time is coming fast upon; that is, upon the present time. By the omission of its object, upon acquires an adverbial sense, as in the last two examples. To assure upon (Law), to promise; to undertake. To come upon. See under Come. To take upon, to assume.

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