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An English law, enacted in 1715 and repealed in 1973, providing that if 12 or more people unlawfully assemble and disturb the public peace, they must disperse after being read a specified portion of the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.
if the authority of the king's officers is set at naught, we must have the riot act read.
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.
AITOR KARANKA has warned QPR could "kill" Nottingham Forest, if his players fail to take heed after being read the riot act.
Where does the expression to read the riot act come from?
A year ago the Reds manager read the riot act to his club's own fans after thousands left before the end of a poor home performance against Palace.
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.
The RIP singer has been read the riot act for her wardrobe malfunctions after her boobs have been exposed several times now.
Merseyside Police Authority claimed just over pounds 2m for operational costs and pounds 828,227 for Riot Act claims.
Summary: PM "Anyone whose houses or businesses have been damaged can claim compensation under the riot act even if they are uninsured"