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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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burn (one) in effigy

To set on fire something that symbolizes a person who one opposes. In protest of the war, a large group has set about burning the president in effigy.
See also: burn, effigy

burn someone in effigy

to burn a dummy or other figure that represents a hated person. For the third day in a row, they burned the king in effigy. Until they have burned you in effigy, you can't really be considered a famous leader.
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hang someone in effigy

Fig. to hang a dummy or some other figure of a hated person. They hanged the dictator in effigy. The angry mob hanged the president in effigy.
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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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The effigies - one wearing a Rangers scarf and the other an Orange sash with nooses around their necks - dangled from a stand.
Judas effigies are burnt in villages and towns in several Latin American countries such as Venezuela and in parts of Greece.
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Given the exhaustive, almost indecent, analysis of Richard III's skeleton with its twisted spine by the University of Leicester, it would surely be possible for a good sculptor to make a suitable effigy--after all, many medieval effigies were not accurate portraits.
The effigies emitted fire from the mouth and their ornaments changed colours as they were set on fire," said Lav-Kush Ramlila Committee secretary Arjun Kumar.
month * It was in the March of 1922 that a unique libel action took place at the Cardiff Assizes when wax effigies were brought to the court to provide evidence.
Mohssein Khudair, who made the life size straw effigies that are dressed in three-piece suits, said he expected hundreds of Port Said City residents to show up on Nabil Mansour Street to protest the deaths of civilians, mostly young people during the 18-day revolution against the Mubarak regime.
Within minutes there were dozens of burning effigies across the major cities, along with demonstrations and general civil unrest.
Until this week the effigies of medieval knights at Hexham Abbey had been on the floor of the abbey building.
Effigies mixes Mississippi history with lesser-known Native American folklore to spin an engrossing tale of murder and heritage set in a rural region with a violent past.
Then Chancellor Gordon Brown was plunged into the race row crisis during his visit to India, where protesters burned effigies of the show's producers.
Angry crowds in several Indian cities burned effigies of Richard Gere yesterday, a day after he swept up Celebrity Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty in his arms and kissed her several times during an AIDS-awareness event in New Delhi.
The eruption of "outgrowths" on human effigies in "Utopia, Utopia" is matched in "Superficial Engagement" by a more chilling application of nails and screws, creating a bristling skin or scarification that explicitly recalls certain African practices of driving nails into wooden figures as the visible sign that a person has taken an oath.
Dead bird effigies are one proposed method of dispersing roosting vultures.