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in effigy

Symbolically; publicly in the form of an effigy. (Typically used with the verbs "burn" or "hang.") In protest of the war, a large group has set about burning the president in effigy outside the White House.
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burn someone in effigy

to burn a dummy or other figure that represents a hated person. For the third day in a row, they burned the king in effigy. Until they have burned you in effigy, you can't really be considered a famous leader.
See also: burn, effigy

hang someone in effigy

Fig. to hang a dummy or some other figure of a hated person. They hanged the dictator in effigy. The angry mob hanged the president in effigy.
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in effigy

Symbolically. For example, That umpire was completely unfair-let's burn him in effigy. Now used only figuratively, this term formerly signified a way of carrying out the sentence of a criminal who had escaped, such as burn in effigy or hang in effigy. A dummy was made of the criminal or a detested political figure and subjected to the prescribed punishment. [c. 1600]
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in effigy

Symbolically, especially in the form of an effigy: The deposed dictator was burned in effigy by the crowd.
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The thing I do find a bit disturbing really is the idea of burning the effigy of anything.
To get the effigy into position must have been a pretty hazardous job in the dark.
I know which one I believe deserves to be burnt in effigy.
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During the protest, people put on fire the MNA's effigy and chanted slogans against PTI government.
AN investigation has been launched by police over the "racist" burning of a giant effigy of Alex Salmond.
MULTAN -- Scores of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers in Multan took to the streets chanting slogans against party's ousted president Javed Hashmi and burnt the effigy of the leader who rebelled from his party.
But a local tabloid reported that when the loquacious presidential sibling was asked to comment on her effigy being burned by protesters against the Cojuangco clan's Hacienda Luisita partly owned by the president's family, Kris joked that she is now on the same level as Mr Obama whose effigy was burned on Monday by anti-U.
Instead of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Film actor Akshay Kumar will burn Ravan's effigy.
The protesters also burnt an effigy depicting Naxalism.
Summary: Former miners in a South Yorkshire pit village have reacted to the pageantry in London by parading an effigy of Baroness Thatcher.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Palestinians burned an effigy of the Qatari emir in the West Bank to protest against Doha's foreign policy in the region.
The model for such a thing is obvious--the majority of England's kings and queens are interred in or under elaborate tomb chests that are topped with an effigy of the monarch, usually accompanied by their consort.
Following the attack and clash aftermath, MNS activists in retaliation came out in droves, targeted NCP offices in south Mumbai and suburbs, as well as Ahmednagar, Nanded, Akola, Yavatmal, Parbhani, Thane, damaged vehicles, and burnt Ajit Pawar's effigy.
FIVE teenagers who allegedly torched a lifesize effigy were arrested after posting the video on Facebook, the High Criminal Court heard yesterday.