from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The law of brute force.


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  • The drove roads lay apart from habitation; the drovers met in the wilderness, as today the deep-sea fishers meet off the banks in the solitude of the Atlantic; and in the one as in the other case rough habits and fist-law were the rule.

    Memories and Portraits

  • During this brilliant and particularly lucid harangue, the bolder masses of the mob had pushed right forward, and it seemed highly probable that within the next few moments the arguments of the great popular orator would be emphasized by fist-law.

    The Day of Wrath

  • Speaking as one having authority, the president told the States-General in full assembly, that there was no law in Christendom, as between nations, but the good old fist-law, the code of brute force.

    History of the United Netherlands from the Death of William the Silent to the Twelve Year's Truce, 1608b

  • Certainly all this was better than fist-law and courts manorial.

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic — Volume 02: Introduction II

  • The lower orders of London have in all times been remarkable for the delight which they have taken in club-law, or fist-law; and for the equity and impartiality with which they see it administered.

    Peveril of the Peak


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  • Good old fist-law, the code of brute force. See also club-law.

    July 13, 2018