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English definition of “in the name of sb/sth”

in the name of sb/sth

(also in sb's/sth's name)
representing someone or something: In old movies the police shouted "Open up in the name of the law" before they broke the door down. They were arrested in the name of the king. As members of the union, we have the right to know what action the union is taking in our name.
(Definition of in the name of sb/sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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