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Meaning of “lay down the law” in the English Dictionary

"lay down the law" in British English

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lay down the law

informal to ​forcefully make ​known what you ​think should ​happen: She can't just come into this ​office and ​startlaying down the ​law.
(Definition of lay down the law from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lay down the law" in American English

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lay down the law

to ​tellpeople what they must do, without ​caring about ​theiropinions: Some ​parentstalk things through with ​theirkidsinstead of ​simplylaying down the ​law.
(Definition of lay down the law from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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