on the right side of the law

Definition of on the right side of the law

  1. —used to say that someone is not living the life of a criminal Now that she's out of prison she's trying to stay on the right side of the law.

Word by Word Definitions

rightplay
  1. :  righteous, upright

    :  being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

    :  conforming to facts or truth :  correct

  1. :  qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

    :  something to which one has a just claim: such as

    :  the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

  1. :  according to right

    :  in the exact location, position, or moment :  precisely

    :  in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

  1. :  to do justice to :  redress the injuries of

    :  justify, vindicate

    :  avenge

sideplay
  1. :  the right or left part of the wall or trunk of the body

    :  one of the halves of the animal body on either side of the median plane

    :  one longitudinal half of a hide

  1. :  situated on the side

    :  of or relating to the side

    :  directed toward or from the side

  1. :  to agree with :  support

    :  to be side by side with

    :  to set or put aside :  clear away

  1. :  swaggering or arrogant manner :  pretentiousness

  1. :  a binding custom or practice of a community :  a rule of conduct or action prescribed (see prescribe 1a) or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority

    :  the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules

    :  common law

  1. :  litigate

    :  to sue or prosecute at law


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