cudgel cudgel  /ˈkə dʒəl/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a club that is used as a weapon
  2. (v) strike with a cudgel

Usage(s):

  1. The fear in Belarus is that Russia is using energy supplies as a cudgel to take over Belarus' economy in order to forcibly reintegrate Belarus into the Russian federation.
  2. With a solid majority of Americans in favor of legalized abortion, Alito's opponents thought they had finally found their cudgel.
  3. This is not the first time foreign policy has been wielded as an electoral cudgel.

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  1. "Besides, the American generals, I have a professional cudgel with them," Gul added. "They lack character. They know that a job cannot be done, because they know -- I cannot believe that they didn't realise that the objectives are being mixed...
    on Aug 13, 2009 By: Hamid Gul Source: Rediff

  2. "I myself have written several criticisms of the cult of Churchill, and of the uncritical way that it has been used to stifle or cudgel those with misgivings. ('Adlai,' said John F. Kennedy of his outstanding UN ambassador during the Bay of Pigs...
    on Jun 15, 2008 By: Christopher Hitchens Source: Earthtimes (press release)

  3. Madigan, who helped write the 1970 Illinois Constitution, said the state charter's "framers did not intend that the special session power would be used as a cudgel for the governor to beat the General Assembly into submission."
    on Sep 26, 2007 By: Michael Madigan Source: Chicago Tribune

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