to take up arms

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take up arms

"to take up arms"

to prepare to fight or be involved in a conflict often using guns or weapons


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take up arms

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What a terrible attack on our mosque.

Friend 2:  Unbelievable, really.  And the authorities are doing nothing.

Friend 1:  Perhaps we Palestinian Arabs need to take up arms and defend our mosque?

Friend 2:  Perhaps, but that means putting guns and weapons in the hands of untrained civilians.

Friend 1:  It may be the only way.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take up arms

Two directors are talking ...

Director 1:  I'm feeling a little helpless in the face of this hostile takeover.

Director 2:  I think it is time to fight back. We need to rally all the shareholders that we can.

Director 1:  You mean ask them to take up arms to fight the takeover?

Director 2:  Not literally with guns but with voting their shares and stock in the company. They could also consult friends and acquaintances on the other side and try to convince them to switch sides.

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to take up arms - Gerund Form:

Taking up arms, you prepare for the protest march.

to take up arms - Examples:

1)  Gay minister says that he is willing to take up arms against pro-family Christians In the Brazilian Congress.

2)  When entire cultures decide to take up arms against western civilization they should be careful who comes into their neighborhoods.

3)  ... just as clearly believed that it was wrong for the Pennsylvania farmers to take up arms against a lawful tax that had been duly created through proper constitutional methods.

4)  ... and the weak and old starve to death while the strong take up arms to take what little food there is.

5)  Ominously, there are increasing calls for locals to take up arms and defend their communities.

6)  I couldn't fathom taking up arms to defend any politician, ever.

7)  She joined secretive radical groups that saw nothing wrong with taking up arms against an illegitimate military regime.

8)  ... there are only scattered references to women from lower levels of society taking up arms.

9)  How is he, in fact, to justify not taking up arms if that was the only way to defend the very principles of human rights and ...

10)  There is a trend in this country in which people believe that taking up arms is the only way they will be listened to and their issues resolved.

11)  Assange himself has taken up arms against corruption and lies around the world, spreading knowledge to those who seek it ...

12)  You should have taken up arms then - and so should the rest of us.

13)  I know that even had I been approached I could not have taken up arms against another man.

14)  He has taken up arms against the sea of troubles, trying to end them by opposing them.

15)  According to Africa Review, 12 armed opposition groups have recently taken up arms against the Ethiopian government.

16)  I hope every man who comes across this talk takes up arms to end the vilification among other men.

17)  No one who takes up arms against his own nation has any legal right to an expectation of not being fired ...

18)  A minority of young Mennonite men took up arms to defend the colonies against roving hands of marauders.

19)  I never owned a slave, never took up arms against the North and I am not related by blood to my wife.

20)  It appeared that I deliberately took up arms of my own accord and induced the other three men to join me for the ...