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 for cudgel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           He getteth him a grievous crabtree cudgel and . . .
           falls to rating of them as if they were dogs. --Bunyan.
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     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).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cudgel \Cudg"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cudgeled or Cudgelled
     (-?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cudgeling or cudgelling.]
     To beat with a cudgel.
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           An he here, I would cudgel him like a dog. --Shak.
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     To cudgel one's brains, to exercise one's wits.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cudgel
      n 1: a club that is used as a weapon
      v 1: strike with a cudgel [syn: cudgel, fustigate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  71 Moby Thesaurus words for "cudgel":
     baste, bastinado, bat, baton, beat, belabor, belt, billy,
     billy club, birch, blackjack, bludgeon, buffet, cane, club, clue,
     cosh, cowhide, cue, cut, drub, ferule, flagellate, flail, flog,
     fustigate, give a whipping, give the stick, hickory, horsewhip,
     indication, inkling, intimation, knobkerrie, knout, lace, lash,
     lay on, mace, nightstick, notion, paddle, pistol-whip, pommel,
     pummel, quarterstaff, rattan, rawhide, rod, sandbag, scourge,
     shillelagh, smite, spank, spontoon, strap, stripe, suggestion,
     swinge, switch, telltale, thrash, thump, trounce, truncheon,
     wallop, war club, whale, whip, whop, wind
  
  

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