Idiom:  take the law into one’s own hands

Meaning

Idiom:  take the law into one’s own hands

  • to punish someone based on one’s own idea of what’s right instead of waiting for the police or legal system to handle the situation.


Example sentences

  • In this country, we’re lucky that very few people try to take the law into their own hands.
  • When the principal of my school didn’t do anything about the kids bullying me, my dad took the law into his own hands and had my older brother threaten them.
  • People take the law into their own hands when they become frustrated with their legal system and think they won't get justice.
  • Stand-your-ground laws are very tricky because they allow people to take the law into their own hands in situations where lethal force isn't necessary.
  • Unfortunately, in smaller villages it's common for people to take the law into their own hands, especially related to domestic issues and disputes.
  • Taking the law into your own hands would be really stupid. Take a deep breath and let the police handle the situation.
  • Her father sexually abused her since she was six years old but no one believed her so one day she took the law into her own hands and killed him.


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