Riot Act

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Riot Act

n.
An English law, enacted in 1715 and repealed in 1973, providing that if 12 or more people unlawfully assemble and disturb the public peace, they must disperse after being read a specified portion of the law or be considered guilty of felony.
Idiom:
read the riot act
To warn or reprimand energetically or forcefully: The teacher read the riot act to the rowdy class.

Riot Act

n
1. (Law) criminal law (formerly in England) a statute of 1715 by which persons committing a riot had to disperse within an hour of the reading of the act by a magistrate
2. read the riot act to someone to warn or reprimand someone severely

Ri′ot Act`


n.
an English statute of 1715 making it a felony for an assembly of 12 or more persons to refuse to disperse when ordered by an authority.
Idioms:
read someone the riot act, to reprove or warn someone sharply.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.riot act - a vigorous reprimand; "I read him the riot act"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
2.Riot Act - a former English law requiring mobs to disperse after a magistrate reads the law to them
law - legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping"
criminal law - the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
References in classic literature ?
There is no stopping to read the riot act, no firing over the heads of the mob, in this case.
NEWCASTLE United boss Steve McClaren has read the riot act to his players ahead of the Magpies' crunch trip to Crystal Palace.
David Cameron must read the riot act to Egypt's coup leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, when the red carpet is rolled out in Downing Street for this military strongman.
The manager read the riot act and he was quite right to do so.
NORTHERN Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has read the riot act and told several players they are fighting for their international careers.
The RIP singer has been read the riot act for her wardrobe malfunctions after her boobs have been exposed several times now.
We read the riot act again at half-time and then we played some great rugby in the second half and won that 21-8, but there are no points for that.
And if, when they grow up, these social misfits become arsonists and looters, they should literally be read the Riot Act and imprisoned for 10 years, with no remission.
My pals slept on the mail train; I shivered on a station seat until a jobsworth British Rail official read the riot act at 5am.
Val and Pollard read the riot act to a sheepish Amy.
Bramble is expected to play at Liverpool on Saturday despite the furore surrounding him after a night out in Newcastle on Tuesday, although he will be read the riot act by Bruce, who is furious about the unwanted publicity it has attracted.
Summary: Chief executive Ron Gourlay has read the riot act to Chelsea's misbehaving stars in a tough-talking showdown with the squad.