Legal phrases & idioms! Learn common legal and law idioms, sayings and expressions with meaning, ESL picture and example sentences.
Legal & Law Idioms and Phrases
List of 9 Legal phrases and Idioms
- (Caught) Bang to Rights
- Above The Law
- Act Of Congress
- All Rights Reserved
- Bail Out
- Ball and Chain
- Letter of the Law
- Open-and-Shut Case
- Take the Fifth
Legal & Law Idioms, Sayings and Phrases with Meaning and Examples
(Caught) Bang to Rights
- Meaning: Caught in an unlawful or immoral act without any mitigating circumstances.
- Example: The criminal was caught bang to rights, but thanks to a sophisticated defense team he served only a light sentence.
Above The Law
- Meaning: Exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else.
- Example: Members of the president’s party often act like they’re above they law. They violate regulations, but they are not punished.
Act Of Congress
- Meaning: Hard to get, said of authorization
- Example: It shouldn’t take an act of Congress to get the project approved.
All Rights Reserved
- Meaning: Said of a published work; all reproduction rights are asserted by the copyright holder
- Example: All rights reserved by the copyright holders of this website!
- Meaning: To rescue someone from a bad situation, to shield someone from the consequences of his or her actions
- Example: I bailed you out this time, but next time you’re going to have to take responsibility for your mistakes.
Ball and Chain
- Meaning: 1. One’s spouse (derogatory but often affectionate); 2. an ongoing burden
- Example: I’d love to go to the game with you, but let me check with the ol’ ball and chain – she may have plans for later in the afternoon.
Letter of the Law
- Meaning: The explicit meaning of a law, as opposed to the “”spirit” of the law, the law’s general intention
- Example: The judge did not think Sheila was in the wrong, but according to the letter of the law he had to punish her.
- Meaning: A situation, especially a legal proceeding, with a clear, certain outcome
- Example: The criminal tried to argue that his accomplice was responsible, but he was convicted anyway – it was an open-and-shut case.
Take the Fifth
- Meaning: Refuse to answer because answering might incriminate or cause problems for you .
- Example: Did you spend last night partying instead of finishing the assignment? My friend said she saw you at the bar. – I’ll take the fifth.