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An English law, enacted in 1715 and repealed in 1973, providing that if 12 or more people unlawfully assemble and disturb the public peace, they must disperse after being read a specified portion of the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 ?
He wades right in for a showdown, an' nails Billy outside, before everybody, an' reads the riot act.
There is no stopping to read the riot act, no firing over the heads of the mob, in this case.
You yourself, though you would give fifty pounds to Jansenius's emigration fund readily enough, would call for the police, the military, and the Riot Act, if the people came to Brandon Beeches and bade you turn out and work for your living with the rest.
BBC chiefs have read the riot act to shamed Jason Manford, the One Show host caught sending filthy messages on Twitter.
Brian McEniff and Art McRory tore into us at half time and read the riot act.
BBC bosses have read the riot act to shamed One Show host Jason Manford after he was caught sending filthy messages on Twitter.
Orient boss Tommy Taylor locked his players in the changing room for 45 minutes to read the riot act following this poor performance.
Clare McCoy SPORT: News broke on Wednesday night that McClaren had read the riot act to his Newcastle United players after a string of losses.
Only too well aware that if the contestants are crap there's no point to the show, Simon Cowell has read the remaining losers the riot act.
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The RIP singer has been read the riot act for her wardrobe malfunctions after her boobs have been exposed several times now.
Medvedev said that he detested the Pussy Riot act, but added the women have been in prison long enough and should be released.