kangaroo court love

kangaroo court

Definitions

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 judicial or 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

Etymologies

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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.

Examples

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  • When people take the law into their own hands and form courts that are not legal.

    May 21, 2008

  • A court that involves a disproportionately high number of Australians.

    July 30, 2008