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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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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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Several generations of the deceased's family were often represented in effigy on the monument, whose inscriptions provided detailed (if sometimes spurious) genealogies.
No longer the site of a sacred communion with, and for the sake of the dead, monuments now figured the survival, in effigy, of the politic body of the deceased.
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Saturday's protests - including one in which demonstrators burned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in effigy - came a day after President Clinton's Mideast envoy, Dennis Ross, ended a two-day trip to try to rescue the faltering peace process.
West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang has issued a strong statement regarding the hanging in effigy of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin as part of a Halloween display on a private residence in West Hollywood.
While these residents have the legal right to display Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin in effigy, I strongly oppose political speech that references violence - real or perceived.