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An English law, enacted in 1715 and repealed in 1973, providing that if 12 or more people unlawfully assemble and disturb the public peace, they must disperse after being read a specified portion of the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.
Sensing the tension, the CS read the riot act to those present saying he would not entertain politics in the meeting.
The Arsenal chief says that he read the riot act to his Gunners, insisting that the Europa League was given maximum focus.
Now that Prime Minister Imran Khan has read the riot act to the Indians, New Delhi should realise that Pakistan's patience has finally worn out.
Queen Elizabeth II reportedly read the riot act to her sons Prince Charles and Prince Andrew following a crisis in Sandringham in 1995.
The loss of Martin Boyle, who is on Asian Cup duty with Australia, is a blow to Hibs, but Lennon read the riot act to Flo Kamberi recently and the striker could yet have a big impact.
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.
"I hope the guy working there wasn't hurt and that they catch the perpetrators." 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.
NORTHERN Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has read the riot act and told several players they are fighting for their international careers.
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.