take up arms

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take up arms

:to pick up weapons and become ready to fight
  • They took up arms to defend their city.
  • The rebels are taking up arms against their own government.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

arm play arms
  1. : a human upper limb

  2. : something like or corresponding to an arm: such as

  3. : the forelimb of a vertebrate

  1. : to furnish or equip with weapons

  2. : to furnish with something that strengthens or protects

  3. : to equip or ready for action or operation

  1. : a means (such as a weapon) of offense or defense

  2. : a combat branch (as of an army)

  3. : an organized branch of national defense (such as the navy)


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