Definition of a year and a day in English:

a year and a day

phrase

  • The period specified in some legal matters to ensure the completion of a full year.

    • ‘After completing all of the requirements, and after a year and a day, the Newbie becomes a neophyte and may ask for initiation.’
    • ‘Taubman was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.’
    • ‘For homicides where the act causing death was committed after 17 June 1996, the rule that death must occur within a year and a day of such act or omission has been abolished.’
    • ‘After the Law Reform (Year and a Day Rule) Act 1996, it is not necessary that the death takes place within a year and a day of the unlawful act or omission.’
    • ‘If the same offender is again convicted, he shall be punished as before and also abjure the city for a year and a day, as well as paying damages to any complainant.’
    • ‘Mr. Freeman is sentenced to a year and a day in prison, but he is released that afternoon.’
    • ‘The government reneged, and he received a sentence of a year and a day at Leavenworth.’
    • ‘Until 1996 there was also a rule that a person could only be convicted of a homicide offence if the death occurred within a year and a day of the accused's act or omission, but the rule was abolished by the Law Reform (Year and a Day Rule) Act 1996.’
    • ‘As Lord of the Manor, Coun King has few remaining rights, but if stray cattle or sheep wandered into his garden he could impound them and, after a year and a day, he would own them.’
    • ‘In New York today, the rapper was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a shooting outside a radio station.’