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  • verb Present participle of cudgel.


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  • "You rascal," said I, "a cudgelling was the upshot of your last.

    The Fool Errant

  • And all the time, deliriously happy, talking in the gentlest and most delicate terms that might not offend her sensitive ears, I was cudgelling my brains in an effort to divine what I was expected to do.

    Chapter 18

  • Still he was loth to depart, and, cudgelling his brains for a pretext, he set up a rambling discourse on River Plate weather.


  • He was cudgelling his brains to keep the conversation going.


  • This question he has asked me every day since the first day Mr. Pike began cudgelling his brains over it.


  • Edna nodded carelessly, though inwardly anxious and cudgelling her brains for something to turn the conversation.

    Amateur Night

  • And as he continued to stare at her hat and think, the hurt he had received passed away, and he found himself cudgelling his brains for some way out of the muddle -- for some method by which she could remain on Berande.

    Chapter 13

  • That was the question, of course, and I'd been cudgelling my wits for an answer - and in a heaven-sent flash it came to me, the perfect excuse that might also be my salvation, if only I played it properly; the one thing that might turn this selfish lunatic from his fatal resolve.


  • Good for us brain-cudgelling fans ... though that probably means no more official announcements but a last big one when casting is complete.

    Lena Headey cast as Cersei

  • At that moment, the cudgelling, multiplied by a hundred hands, became zealous, blows with the flat of the sword were mingled with it, it was a perfect storm of whips and clubs; the convicts bent before it, a hideous obedience was evoked by the torture, and all held their peace, darting glances like chained wolves.

    Les Miserables


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