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break a/the law

To do something that is illegal. If you shoplift, you are breaking the law, period. The statutes are different in different places so sometimes you can break a law without even knowing it!
See also: break, law

break a law

 and break the law
to fail to obey a law; to act contrary to a law. Lisa broke the law when she drove the wrong way on a one-way street. If you never break the law, you will never get arrested.
See also: break, law
References in classic literature ?
Davis had declared limes a contraband article, and solemnly vowed to publicly ferrule the first person who was found breaking the law.
That Crooked Magician is breaking the Law by practicing magic without a license, and I'm not sure Ozma will allow him to restore your uncle to life.
I am by no means perfect, but I am not naturally cruel, neither do I take pleasure in breaking the law.
answered Allworthy warmly: "Are you then so profligate and abandoned a libertine to doubt whether the breaking the laws of God and man, the corrupting and ruining a poor girl be guilt?
This Saturday I was driving along a street in Canton, coming towards me were around six or seven motorcyclists some doing wheelies, wrong side of the road, speeding, you name it, all breaking the law.
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor must state whether she supports new Lyon's candidate Fraser Brindley's statement that breaking the law is okay.
Whilst some may suggest the figures have fallen because less cyclists are breaking the law, that is clearly total nonsense.
Al Obed said of offences: "The ministry took decisions to stop services to some facilities found with major faults plus fining them, while others faced administrative fines for breaking the law.
The position of Durham County Council on this is that they are aware they are breaking the law, but until the courts tell them to stop, they will continue to overcharge.
However, the pair believed they weren't breaking the law and were providing a "public service".
The police are correct the van is not breaking the law but had broken the law to be parked in that position in the first place but it has to be seen driving onto the pavement by a police officer at the time for a fine to be issued.
Boro4215 It would be nice to see the same checks taking place in the town centres on a Saturday night, which are over run with under-age drinkers ballboy It's interesting to note that when a council employs a "child" to break the law to discover if someone else is breaking the law they are applauded.
And it would not be a surprise if the ridiculous group that defends the right of the bird-trappers to break the law, argued that maintaining our cultural heritage and traditions -- the justification for breaking the law - was more important than tourism and money.
MORE than four in 10 Britons admit they are happy breaking the law.
SCHOOLS that let teaching assistants run lessons to save the cost of employing supply teachers may be breaking the law, union bosses said yesterday.