on the wrong side of the law

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on the wrong side of the law

used to say that someone is living the life of a criminal
  • He has been on the wrong side of the law since he was 17.

Word by Word Definitions

wrong play
  1. : an injurious, unfair, or unjust act : action or conduct inflicting harm without due provocation or just cause

  2. : a violation or invasion of the legal rights of another

  3. : something wrong, immoral, or unethical

  1. : not according to the moral standard : sinful, immoral

  2. : not right or proper according to a code, standard, or convention : improper

  3. : not according to truth or facts : incorrect

  1. : without accuracy : incorrectly

  2. : without regard for what is proper or just

  3. : in a wrong direction

  1. : to do wrong to : injure, harm

  2. : to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably : violate

  3. : defraud

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

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

  3. : a cut of meat including that about the ribs of one half of the body

  1. : situated on the side

  2. : of or relating to the side

  3. : directed toward or from the side

  1. : to agree with : support

  2. : to be side by side with

  3. : to set or put aside : clear away

  1. : swaggering or arrogant manner : pretentiousness

law play
  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

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

  3. : common law

  1. : litigate

  2. : to sue or prosecute at law


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