law and order


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law and order

n.
1. The orderly arrangement of society in which people follow laws and are not disruptive: a breakdown of law and order.
2. The strict enforcement of laws, especially by police action: argued that we should balance law and order with a willingness to listen to people's grievances.

law′-and-or′der adj.
Translations

law and order

nl'ordine m pubblico
References in classic literature ?
The latter remark was spoken with the direct intention of being overheard, for Minnie had spasms of bravery, when well surrounded by the machinery of law and order.
Captain Bonneville, it is true, maintained always a certain degree of law and order in his camp, and checked each fierce excess; but the trappers, in their seasons of idleness and relaxation require a degree of license and indulgence, to repay them for the long privations and almost incredible hardships of their periods of active service.
The Old Travelers--those delightful parrots who have "been here before" and know more about the country than Louis Napoleon knows now or ever will know--tell us these things, and we believe them because they are pleasant things to believe and because they are plausible and savor of the rigid subjection to law and order which we behold about us everywhere.