riot act

riot act
noun Etymology: the Riot Act, English law of 1715 providing for the dispersal of riots upon command of legal authority Date: 1819 a vigorous reprimand or warning — used in the phrase read the riot act

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  • Riot Act — Ri′ot Act n. why an English statute of 1715 making it a felony for an assembly of 12 or more persons to refuse to disperse when ordered by an authority • read someone the riot act …   From formal English to slang

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