The officer was violently cudgeled down in the midst of the rioters, with his own beatstick no less.
The guard hefted his cudgel menacingly and looked at the inmates. The threat to swing glinted in his eye.
- to come to the defense (of)
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of cudgel
- Middle English cuggel from Old English cycgel
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English kuggel, from Old English cycgel (“a large stick, cudgel”), from Proto-Germanic *kuggilaz (“knobbed instrument”), derivative of Proto-Germanic *kuggōn (“cog, swelling”), from Proto-Indo-European *geugʰ- (“swelling, bow”), from Proto-Indo-European *geu-, *gū- (“to bow, bend, arch, curve”). Cognate with Middle Dutch coghele (“stick with a rounded end”). Related to cog.