take the law into (one's) own hands

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take the law into (one's) own hands

To act outside the scope of the law to achieve one's own sense of justice, typically by killing, punishing, or passing judgment on wrongdoers. Shopkeepers in the area have begun taking the law into their own hands, catching would-be thieves and tying them up until police arrive. I know you're frustrated by how long it's taken the police to respond, but you can't just take the law into your own hands.
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take the law into one's own hands

Fig. to attempt to administer the law; to pass judgment on someone who has done something wrong. Citizens don't have the right to take the law into their own hands. The shopkeeper took the law into his own hands when he tried to arrest the thief.
See also: hand, law, own, take

take the law into one's hands

Also, take the law into one's own hands. Replace the established authority with one's own, as in While the captain was on shore the sailors took the law into their own hands and sneaked the prisoner off the ship . Generally indicating disapproval of doing something forbidden, this idiom was first recorded in 1606.
See also: hand, law, take

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.
See also: hand, law, own, take

take the law into your own hands

punish someone for an offence according to your own ideas of justice, especially in an illegal or violent way.
See also: hand, law, own, take

take the law into your own ˈhands

take action personally against somebody who has broken the law or done something wrong, instead of calling the police: I knew who had stolen my car, so I took the law into my own hands. I went to his house and beat him up. The police arrested both of us!
See also: hand, law, own, take

take the law into (one's) own hands

To mete out justice as one sees fit without due recourse to law enforcement agencies or the courts.
See also: hand, law, own, take
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And did Blanche's description of what he and Arnold Brinkworth were doing point to the conclusion that they were taking the law into their own hands in despair?
Gail Duff | Again the rights of offenders being put before their victims, our country's sentencing policies are a joke and will result in people taking the law into their own hands.
We equally call upon the people of Marsabit to stay calm and desist from taking the law into their own hands," said Mr Godana.
There's no call for these type of actions, for armed people on the street taking the law into their own hands, I don't think that's acceptable.
We are witnessing hundreds if not thousands of people taking the law into their own hands using fear and violence to enforce the law,' the Flag chairman said.
on pupils' letter to vandals who struck at Canley playground No wonder there is vigilante groups taking the law into their own hands when policing is cut in such deprived areas @bartong2011 Set up CCTV and protect the facilities used by children - and the children, too Derek Tandy .
The saying goes that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" and this is exactly the situation that we are facing, ie, you can't educate people therefore we have to introduce a more severe form of punishment and let a few be charged with murder, then I am confident that the rest will think twice before taking the law into their own hands.
30pm Cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) has a new partner and is on the trail of a group of vigilante cops who are taking the law into their own hands to kill criminals in San Francisco.
The Law Society, representing solicitors in England and Wales, warned "people could start taking the law into their own hands as a result of an inability to seek justice following the Government's civil legal aid cuts".
Taking the law into their own hands, police filed two FIRs against Akbaruddin and booked him under section 121 of the IPC (waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the Union) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups).
He said that people would take on the task of defending their lives and belongings by taking the law into their own hands.
Angry crowds, taking the law into their own hands, have killed five suspected thieves in South Africa in two separate incidents, police say.
The incidents of parents raising their voice against fee hikes by private schools are on the rise and often the frustrated parents resort to taking the law into their own hands.
MORE people are hiding their assets when getting divorced, and aggrieved partners are now taking the law into their own hands.
He said the solution is for the government to disarm the civil population, not only in Jonglei state, but also throughout the whole of Southern Sudan and strengthen the law enforcement agencies instead of the civilians themselves taking the law into their own hands.
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