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 older citizens break the law then the law is an ass and if this callous Cabinet dare prosecute they should be kicked out on their ass.
The law is an ass as many innocent victims have found to their horror.
The age-old saying that the law is an ass is not correct.
Mr Rees added: "It's been said that the law is an ass.
JACOBS' VERDICT: The law is an ass to treat loyalty this way.