Definition of citizen's arrest in US English:

citizen's arrest

noun

  • An arrest by an ordinary person without a warrant, allowable in certain cases.

    • ‘If the defendant has any power to interfere with the plaintiff's liberty, it lies in its powers to effect a citizen's arrest.’
    • ‘I meant to finally write about my citizen's arrest.’
    • ‘I think if I tell you that then you are required by law to make a citizen's arrest.’
    • ‘He said there was the issue of citizens' arrests and the possibility that the guard could end up being charged with assault by the police.’
    • ‘So you and I could go and arrest someone, and basically there are other sort of provisions in other Acts, but the main thing is that they can make a citizen's arrest but they cannot go and hound and harass people.’
    • ‘The officers do not have any specific powers other than a standard citizen's arrest, but they will be armed with mobile phones and a security firm will contact police about any crimes.’
    • ‘He met a well-armed neighbor who had made a citizen's arrest after teenagers broke into one diver's apartment.’
    • ‘I have no problem with jaywalking if the coast is dead clear but when you walk through my advance green you make me want to jump out of my car and perform a citizen's arrest on you.’
    • ‘It might be spineless on your part, but it sends the joker back under his rock without forcing you to make a citizen's arrest for the local precinct of the political correctness police.’
    • ‘A citizen's arrest and detention isn't possible as a practical matter.’
    • ‘A dad has called for the community to get involved in the fight against crime after telling how he made a citizen's arrest on a robber who threatened his teenage son with a knife.’
    • ‘A member of the public, who had been travelling on the bus, made a citizen's arrest and kept the bus driver at the scene of the incident until police arrived.’
    • ‘A father refused to let his broken foot stop him making a citizen's arrest when he foiled a gang's plot to rob his village store.’
    • ‘We're told staff from the daycare center made a citizen's arrest for trespassing.’
    • ‘The new law, which takes effect on the first of January, allows moviegoers to make a citizen's arrest if they see someone in a theater with a recording device.’
    • ‘It would be like a citizen's arrest, except instead of arresting them, I would just fire them.’
    • ‘Just walk up to the man, put a hand on the shoulder, announce that they're taking him into custody in a citizen's arrest and offer to escort him to the Justice Department building for questioning.’
    • ‘A man in Germany made a citizen's arrest - with his teeth.’
    • ‘They then made a citizen's arrest and detained the pair until police arrived.’
    • ‘I've made my citizens' arrests and I'm still doing it.’

Pronunciation

citizen's arrest

/ˈˌsidizənz əˈrest/