take the law into your own hands

take the law into your own hands

COMMON If you take the law into your own hands, you punish someone who you believe has done something wrong yourself instead of waiting for someone in authority to do it. Ordinary people have decided to take the law into their own hands, faced with what they see as the inability of the police to control a crime wave in the region. He took the law into his own hands when his mother was mugged. He went out and attacked the man with a baseball bat.
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