Значение идиомы take the law into one’s own hands

[take the law into one’s own hands] {v. phr.} To protect one’ssupposed rights or punish a suspected wrongdoer without reference to acourt. – An overused expression.

When the men of the settlementcaught the suspected murderer, they took the law into their own handsand 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 witha shotgun.

Compare: LAW UNTO ONESELF, TAKE THE BIT IN ONE’S MOUTH.


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