the law is a ass

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the law is a ass

Said of a law that one thinks is unnecessary or ridiculous. The phrase comes from Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist: "The law is a ass—an idiot." I can't believe it's now illegal to park on my street, for no apparent reason. The law is an ass!
See also: ass, law
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If the law supposes that," said Mr Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, "the law is a ass a idiot.
The events surrounding the execution (or nonexecution) of Michael Morales remind me of the line in ``Oliver Twist'' by Charles Dickens: ``The law is a ass - a idiot.