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riot act

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  1. riot actnoun

    a vigorous reprimand

    "I read him the riot act"

  2. Riot Actnoun

    a former English law requiring mobs to disperse after a magistrate reads the law to them


  1. Riot Actnoun

    An English law that stated that if 12 or more people assembled unlawfully in a public place they must disperse when read a proclamation


  1. riot act

    The Riot Act is a law or regulation that allows authorities to declare any gathering of a certain number of people as illegal, and to use force to disperse it. Originally, it was an act passed by the British Parliament in 1714 to prevent civil disorder, which required the people causing the disruption to disperse within an hour of the act being read. In a broader sense, the term "reading the riot act" is now often used colloquently to mean giving a stern warning or reprimand.


  1. Riot Act

    The Riot Act was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain that authorised local authorities to declare any group of twelve or more people to be unlawfully assembled, and thus have to disperse or face punitive action. The Act, whose long title was "An Act for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters", came into force on 1 August 1715. It was repealed for England and Wales by section 10 of, and Part III of Schedule 3 to, the Criminal Law Act 1967.

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  1. citator

  2. ricotta

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of riot act in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of riot act in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of riot act in a Sentence

  1. John Hannah:

    Instead of reading Erdogan the riot act in a last-ditch effort to warn him off the S-400 deal, The President accepted hook, line and sinker Erdogan's ridiculous claim that it was all President Obama's fault, and that Turkey was somehow justified in alienating NATO and cozying up to( Russian President Vladimir) Putin.

  2. Kristen Myers:

    This has been one of the worst years, i ’m in the store every day, and I had several days were customers were coming in to give Kristen Myers and Dallas Buttars the riot act. Kristen Myers and Dallas Buttars also had people asking, ‘ Can you put that special stuff in my sandwich ? ’.


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