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Queen's evidence

noun [U]     /ˌkwiːnzˈev.ɪ.dəns/ specialized
evidence from someone who has been accused of committing a crime, given against the people who were accused with them, in order to have their own punishment reduced → See also King's evidence, state's evidenceRevealing secrets and becoming known turn Queen's evidence to give evidence against someone else in this wayRevealing secrets and becoming known
(Definition of Queen's evidence noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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