from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A mock court, especially one hastily improvised or irregularly conducted.
- noun A court characterized by dishonesty or incompetence.
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- noun idiomatic A
judicialor quasi-judicial proceeding, or a group which conducts such proceedings, which is without proper authority, abusive, or otherwise unjust.
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- noun an irregular unauthorized court
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First attested 1853 in a Texas context, possibly from the notion of proceeding by leaps or because the kangaroo's appearance defies nature.
This is a kangaroo court set up by a terrorist guy who served eight years in prison.
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