Definition of take the law into one's own hands in English:

take the law into one's own hands

phrase

  • Punish someone for an offence according to one's own ideas of justice, especially in an illegal or violent way.

    ‘people have been urged to keep calm and not take the law into their own hands’
    • ‘It seems that as part of this intifada, people on both sides are taking the law into their own hands and committing acts of violence against the other community.’
    • ‘There have been numerous cases of abuse and illegal detentions; people are not supposed to be taking the law into their own hands.’
    • ‘A motorist plagued by yobs interfering with his parked car took the law into his own hands - with a broom handle.’
    • ‘If anyone, it was they who could have persuaded the justice-seekers to remain calm and not to take the law into their own hands.’
    • ‘They urged police to crack down on racist yobs before youths took the law into their own hands.’
    • ‘Otherwise, people will take the law into their own hands to fight for justice.’
    • ‘It would sanction excessive conduct which allowed headstrong, violent people to take the law into their own hands in a way which no civilized society could permit.’
    • ‘Far better if they fear that they will themselves be punished for their trouble, and instead take the law into their own hands.’
    • ‘Instead he was let down by the State and he did the one thing that was left for him to do - he took the law into his own hands.’
    • ‘It is not up to the common person to take the law into their own hands and dish out what they deem to be justice.’