take the law into one's own hands

take the law into one's own hands
Fig. to attempt to administer the law; to pass judgment on someone who has done something wrong. •

Citizens don't have the right to take the law into their own hands.

The shopkeeper took the law into his own hands when he tried to arrest the thief.

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{v. phr.} To protect one's supposed rights or punish a suspected wrongdoer without reference to a court. - An overused expression. * /When the men of the settlement caught the suspected murderer, they took the law into their own hands and hanged him to a tree./ * /His farm was going to be sold for taxes, but he took the law into his own hands and drove the sheriff away with a shotgun./ Compare: LAW UNTO ONESELF, TAKE THE BIT IN ONE'S MOUTH.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • take the law into one's own hands — {v. phr.} To protect one s supposed rights or punish a suspected wrongdoer without reference to a court. An overused expression. * /When the men of the settlement caught the suspected murderer, they took the law into their own hands and hanged… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take the law into one's own hands — To obtain justice, or what one considers to be justice, by one s own actions, without recourse to the law, the police, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑law * * * punish someone for an offense according to one s own ideas of justice, esp. in an illegal or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take the law into one's own hands — ► take the law into one s own hands illegally or violently punish someone according to one s own ideas of justice. Main Entry: ↑law …   English terms dictionary

  • take the law into one's own hands — idi take the law into one s own hands, to administer justice as one sees fit without recourse to legal processes …   From formal English to slang

  • take\ the\ law\ into\ one's\ own\ hands — v. phr. To protect one s supposed rights or punish a suspected wrongdoer without reference to a court. An overused expression. When the men of the settlement caught the suspected murderer, they took the law into their own hands and hanged him to… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • take the law into one's own hands — punish someone according to one s own ideas of justice, especially illegally or violently. → lavish something on …   English new terms dictionary

  • take the law into one's hands — exact justice without the court system, take one s own revenge …   English contemporary dictionary

  • into one's own hands — See: TAKE THE LAW INTO ONE S OWN HANDS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • into one's own hands — See: TAKE THE LAW INTO ONE S OWN HANDS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • into\ one's\ own\ hands — See: take the law into one s own hands …   Словарь американских идиом

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