lay down the law


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lay down the law

verb administer the law, carry into effect the law, carry into execution the law, carry out the law, compel obedience with the law, effectuate the law, enforce the law, enforce to the letter of the law, ensure compliance, execute the law, implement the law, impose the law, insist upon, make compulsory, mandate, obtain by force, put into effect, put into execution, put pressure on, read the riot act, require, strictly regulate, subject to pressure
See also: direct, instruct
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STEVE McCLAREN has already had to lay down the law at Nottingham Forest.
PAUL West vowed to lay down the law on indiscipline after watching Evesham United pick up two red cards in their midweek defeat at Clevedon Town.
Someone's always ready to lay down the law for abstract painting--to let it know what it's not allowed to do.
NEW CHELSEA manager JOSE MOURINHO will lay down the law to his players and warn them they face being booted out of the club if they do not conform to his strict code of conduct.
Tharoor alludes to this evil notion by pointing out that UN Security Council "resolutions do not serve only to codify the acceptable in the eyes of the world; they also, quite directly, lay down the law.
Catholic leaders also need to lay down the law about standards our church has set for care at the end of life, just as we lay down the law about not allowing abortions or sterilizations in our hospitals.