on the wrong side of the law

on the wrong side of the law

in a situation in which you are doing something illegal Being on the wrong side of the law is not unusual for many people in this part of town.
See also: law, of, on, side, wrong
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That's lucky for him--in fact, it's lucky for all of you, since you are all on the wrong side of the law in this matter.
Then, as the restless man with the revolver turned again towards the door in the garden, he added in a husky, confidential voice: "I doubt whether I should send for the police, for fear my friend here has been a little too free with his bullets, and got on the wrong side of the law.