Lynch-law

LYNCH-LAW. A common phrase used to express the vengeance of a mob, inflicting an injury, and committing an outrage upon a person suspected of some offence. In England this is called Lidford Law. Toml.L. Dict. art.

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Civilized law and order is vastly preferable to lynch-law honor killings, but when there is no one else to rely on, a man has to rely on himself.
By 'their immediate internationalization of lynching', King convincingly argues, Wells's British visits assaulted the barriers which lynch-mob rule had erected around the American South; and her particular genius lay in turning English Victorian sensibilities about 'womanhood' and 'racial uplift' into a weapon against the brutality of lynch-law.
ONE angry voice from the people who suffered most under Saddam Hussein spoke out yesterday to demand lynch-law revenge on the tyrant.