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citizen's arrest

noun

Simple Definition of citizen's arrest

  • : an arrest made by a citizen rather than by the police

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of citizen's arrest

  1. :  an arrest made not by a law officer but by a citizen who derives authority from the fact of being a citizen

1941

First Known Use of citizen's arrest

1941

Rhymes with citizen's arrest


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