Definition of Take up arms

1. Verb. Commence hostilities.

Exact synonyms: Go To War, Take Arms
Generic synonyms: War



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take Up Arms

take to
take to be
take to heart
take to one's bed
take to one's heels
take to pieces
take to task
take to the cleaners
take to the hills
take to the streets
take to the woods
take turns
take umbrage
take up
take up a collection
take up arms (current term)
take up the cudgel for
take up the gauntlet
take up with
take upon
take water
take wing
takeable
takeaway
takeaways
taked
takedaite
takedown
takedowns
takehome

Literary usage of Take up arms

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law of Nations; Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel (1863)
"It is likewise acting contrary to the nature of all treaties of peace to take up arms a second time for the same subject that had given rise to the war ..."

2. The Law of Nations: Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel (1883)
"It is likewise acting contrary to the nature of all treaties of peace to take up arms a second time for the same subject that ..."

3. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged ; and each company or ..."

4. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... whenever called upon by the voice of the Continental Congress, or by the Legislature of this particular colony under their direction, take up arms, ..."

5. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"... injurious treatment that may be offered to any one of our nation under your government, by forcing them to take up arms against their lawful sovereign. ..."

6. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... whenever called npon by the voice of the Continental Congress, or by the Legislature of this particular colony under their direction, take up arms, ..."

7. The Law of Nations; Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel (1863)
"It is likewise acting contrary to the nature of all treaties of peace to take up arms a second time for the same subject that had given rise to the war ..."

8. The Law of Nations: Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel (1883)
"It is likewise acting contrary to the nature of all treaties of peace to take up arms a second time for the same subject that ..."

9. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged ; and each company or ..."

10. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... whenever called upon by the voice of the Continental Congress, or by the Legislature of this particular colony under their direction, take up arms, ..."

11. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"... injurious treatment that may be offered to any one of our nation under your government, by forcing them to take up arms against their lawful sovereign. ..."

12. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... whenever called npon by the voice of the Continental Congress, or by the Legislature of this particular colony under their direction, take up arms, ..."

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