verb (used with object), cudg·eled, cudg·el·ing, or (especially British) cudg·elled, cudg·el·ling.
Origin of cudgel
Examples from the Web for cudgel
You have this privilege to be famous and you use it as a cudgel?Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything|Soraya Roberts|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gina Dominguez, the spokeswoman for Gov. Javier Duarte and his cudgel with the local press, resigned a mere three days later.
The insane, obscene, yawning difference between the pay of workers and bosses has long been used as a cudgel by labor groups.The SEC Can’t Make CEOs Care About Their Employees|Daniel Gross|September 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They just want any cudgel they can find to beat Obama over the head, so Snowden suits their purposes for now.
The cudgel that President Obama is whacking House Republicans with is the cudgel they themselves put in his hand.
(the valorous;) rebaptize thee with a cudgel, and then hang thee.
He no longer strutted as he was wont to do; he no longer carried a cudgel as if he wished to wage a universal battle with mankind.Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories|William Carleton
His quick eye spied a capstan bar which he snatched up as a cudgel.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
But cudgel his brain as he would, he could only think of asking: 'Pray, what is your name?'His Masterpiece|Emile Zola
"I will bestow the cudgel on thee if thou stay'st," said Henry.The Fair Maid of Perth|Sir Walter Scott
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for cudgel
Old English cycgel "club with rounded head;" perhaps from PIE root *geu- "to curve, bend."
"to beat with a cudgel," 1590s, from cudgel (n.). Related: Cudgeled; cudgeling.