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Meaning of “take the law into your own hands” in the English Dictionary

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take the law into your own hands

C2 to do something ​illegal and often ​violent in ​order to ​punish someone because you ​know the law will not ​punish that ​person: One ​day, after ​years of ​violentabuse from her ​husband, she took the law into her own ​hands.
(Definition of take the law into your own hands from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “take the law into your own hands”
in Chinese (Simplified) 不通过法律自行惩罚,私自治罪…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不透過法律自行懲罰,私自治罪…
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