Limb of the law
Limb Limb (l[i^]m), n. [OE. lim, AS. lim; akin to Icel. limr limb, lim branch of a tree, Sw. & Dan. lem limb; cf. also AS. li[eth], OHG. lid, gilid, G. glied, Goth. li[thorn]us. Cf. {Lith}, {Limber}.] 1. A part of a tree which extends from the trunk and separates into branches and twigs; a large branch. [1913 Webster]

2. An arm or a leg of a human being; a leg, arm, or wing of an animal. [1913 Webster]

A second Hector for his grim aspect, And large proportion of his strong-knit limbs. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

That little limb of the devil has cheated the gallows. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

4. An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock. [1913 Webster]

{Limb of the law}, a lawyer or an officer of the law. [Colloq.] --Landor. [1913 Webster]


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