break a law

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break a law

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to fail to obey a law; to act contrary to a law. Lisa broke the law when she drove the wrong way on a one-way street. If you never break the law, you will never get arrested.
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Who could have prophesied in what way any of these inspired law-breakers would break the law, what new type of perfect imperfection they would create?
Sunday came, and with it came Demetrios Contos, to break the law defiantly in open day.
It was almost impossible to remember who he was--only a petty chief of a conveniently isolated corner of Mindanao, where we could in comparative safety break the law against the traffic in firearms and ammunition with the natives.
Evil are the punishments of those who break the Law.
The white man who begins to break the law by lynching a Negro soon yields to the temptation to lynch a white man.
If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
If I break the laws I will accept the vengeance of the state, but I will not regard it as punishment nor shall I feel myself convicted of wrong-doing.
I can't break the laws of the household a second time.
INDEPENDENT TD Mick Wallace yesterday claimed he had an obligation to break the law by scaling a fence to inspect US war planes at Shannon Airport.
I suggest that the traffic department allow all drivers to catch these hasty drivers by taking pictures while they break the law and forward it to police for action.
Chief Executive CY Leung believes the Occupy Central movement s organisers plan to break the law to achieve political goals.
At the end of the day nobody is forcing a motorist to break the law, if they break the law they know the consequences.
John Ryley told the Leveson inquiry that occasionally a reporter may break the law in pursuit of a story.
This is not asking the farmers to take the law into their own hands but a call for them to break the law which protects the badger in Wales from being slaughtered be it from gangs of badger baiters, poisoning, gangs with dogs and shot guns or traps.
However, he warned that cyclists who break the law can be arrested by gardai and fined in court.