take the law into one's own hands

Definition of take the law into one's own hands

  1. :  to try to punish someone for breaking a law even though one does not have the right to do that

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  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

  1. : used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. :  to have or hold as property :  possess

    :  to have power or mastery over

    :  to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed :  admit

handplay hands
  1. :  the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ :  the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey

    :  the forelimb segment (as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

    :  a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as

  1. :  with the hands rather than by machine

  1. :  to touch or manage with the hands

    :  to deal with

    :  furl


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