One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A body of vigilantes.
- ‘Setting up village vigilance committees in such areas is another suggestion.’
- ‘While attention was drawn to the cattlemen, the work of the urban vigilance committees continued unabated.’
- ‘This is precisely what occurred in Socorro, New Mexico during the 1880s, when an Anglo vigilance committee arose in opposition to the predominantly Mexican legal authorities.’
- ‘A vigilance committee hanged the three men accused of being the ringleaders, while the lives of the rest were spared.’
- ‘When the vigilance committee threatened him with death, he retreated to a nearby settlement, Centerville, where the sheriff supplied his group with rifles, raising the specter of a clash of arms.’
- ‘Outside the judicial system, the Confederate military and civilian vigilance committees continued to threaten and attack people suspected of disloyalty.’
- ‘One juror had worked for the Union army, and another had protected civilians from vigilance committees and served as a Union scout.’
- ‘But the vigilance committee inside me is prepared.’
- ‘The loyalty of schoolteachers was screened by local vigilance committees.’
- ‘Then there are misconceptions like members of vigilance committee being government employees and getting paid by us!’
vigilance committee/ˈvijələns kəˈmidē/
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