enforce the law

idiom

: to make sure that people obey the law
The job of the police is to enforce the law.

Examples of enforce the law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bill does not specify who would enforce the law on school systems or what should happen in cases where books have already been removed. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 15 Mar. 2024 But there is another threat that may be even more destabilizing for Israel’s future as a democracy: Jewish terrorism and violence, and the failure to enforce the law against it. Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, 16 May 2024 And Milan is trying to update police contracts so that more officers can work nights and enforce the law. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 9 May 2024 The students became targets of anti-integration mobs, prompting then-President Dwight Eisenhower to deploy the National Guard to enforce the law and protect the students. Beatrice Peterson, ABC News, 15 Apr. 2024 After that, the power to enforce the law seemingly rests with the state attorney general. Jimmy Jenkins, The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2024 The Federal Trade Commission and individual states could enforce the law, which also includes a private right of action for individual consumers to bring lawsuits where their privacy rights are violated. Lauren Feiner, The Verge, 8 Apr. 2024 The Idaho attorney general would have authority to investigate and enforce the law and to allow private lawsuits. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 3 Apr. 2024 On Tuesday the Supreme Court cleared the way for Texas to enforce the law while its constitutionality is challenged, but hours later a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, issued an order preventing the law from taking effect. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024

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“Enforce the law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enforce%20the%20law. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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