English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Law & Order
|above board||If a situation or business is described
as above board, it is open, honest
There are not secret negotiations. Our dealings have always been above board.
|Something that has been done or completed, before those affected by it can intervene or change it, is called an accomplished fact.|
|ambulance chaser||A lawyer who finds work by persuading
people injured in accidents to claim money
from the person who caused the accident is
called an 'ambulance chaser'.
Peterson and Scott are well-known ambulance chasers - that's how they make their money!
|arm of the law||This expression refers to the extent to
which the authority or power of the law
He fled to South America hoping to escape the arm of the law.
|bandit territory||A geographical area where law
enforcement is practically impossible,
because people ignore all rules, is called 'bandit
There are a certain number of bandit territories in the world where travellers are advised not to go.
|behind bars||Someone who is
behind bars is in prison.
If you hang around with that gang, you'll find yourself behind bars in
|beyond reasonable doubt||This is a legal expression which means
that something is certain.
The court established, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the man was innocent.
|in black and white||To say that something is in black
means that there is written proof of it.
It's an obligation. It's in black and white in your contract.
|blow the whistle||If you report an illegal or
socially-harmful activity to the
authorities, and give information about
those responsible for it, you blow the
whistle or you are a
He refused to blow the whistle on his boss for fear of losing his job.
|breaking and entering||This term refers to the fact of entering
a building or home illegally by breaking
open a window, door, etc.
The two men were found guilty of breaking and entering.
|brush with the law||When you have a brush with
something, such as the law, you encounter or
experience it briefly.
Had a brush with the law for speeding a few years ago, but he has had a clean record ever since.
|burden of proof||The burden of proof is the
necessity imposed by the law to prove that
what one says is true.
The burden of proof lies with the claimant.
|case in point||This term refers to an example which
serves to illustrate, support or prove a
point which is currently under discussion.
Not even the most talented athlete is guaranteed a long career. The latest skiing accident is a case in point.
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