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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of cudgel.


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  • They’re okay, more or less, if you can call cudgeled into stunned immobility “okay.”

    X-Men’s Len Wein survives house fire

  • Dede vainly cudgeled her brains in quest of a reply to these remarks.

    Chapter XVIII

  • And while Graham exchanged reminiscences of Mokpo with her, he cudgeled his brain to try and decide whether her continual reference to her husband was deliberate.


  • Perhaps expecting to be cudgeled himself over the inaccuracies in Treme, the series about post-Katrina New Orleans that debuted Sunday night on HBO, he wrote a smart essay in the New Orleans Times Picayune that serves as a preemptive defense against all the kind of nit-picking that surrounded “Hurt Locker.”

    David Simon on getting it right--and wrong

  • Mr Jacobs, god rest his soul, had an idea and somehow cudgeled his way through a very few hundreds of words to fashioning something resembling a story.

    Making Light: Rowling's being sued for plagiarism again

  • Yes, pummeled and cudgeled passing well was a pretty good description.


  • However, sadly after that I'm cudgeled into an endless circuit of assessments and late-night cramming, I barely had enough time to sleep let alone to escape my room for just one afternoon for an outing.


  • I suspect that his confirmation as Secretary of Commerce will not bode anything good for the modification of egregiously damaging trade agreements unless he is cudgeled into supporting those measures.

    Republican Bipartisanship, a Union of Both of Their Faces

  • Hardly had the Irish cudgeled their way to respectability than they began dumping on the Italian and Polish and Jewish immigrants fleeing the poverty and prejudice of a Europe in the grip of the same free-trade enthusiasts.

    Tony Hendra: Correction: It's Not Their Country, It's Their Continent

  • It is of no importance that the parish priest has cudgeled his brains to come up with suggestive ideas or imaginative novelties.

    Benedict XVI on the sacred in worship


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