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kangaroo court

a self-appointed or mob-operated tribunal that disregards or parodies existing principles of law or human rights, especially one in a frontier area or among criminals in prison.
any crudely or irregularly operated court, especially one so controlled as to render a fair trial impossible.
Origin of kangaroo court
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for kangaroo court

kangaroo court

an irregular court, esp one set up by prisoners in a jail or by strikers to judge strikebreakers
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kangaroo court in Culture

kangaroo court definition

A court that ignores principles of justice; a court characterized by incompetence and dishonesty.

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Slang definitions & phrases for kangaroo court

kangaroo court

noun phrase

  1. A mock court: The toughest prisoner announced that he was president of the Kangaroo Club and would hold court (1853+)
  2. A small-town police court where traffic fines to transients are high and usually divided among the police (1940s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with kangaroo court

kangaroo court

A self-appointed tribunal that violates established legal procedure; also, a dishonest or incompetent court of law. For example, The rebels set up a kangaroo court and condemned the prisoners to summary execution, or That judge runs a kangaroo court—he tells rape victims they should have been more careful. This expression is thought to liken the jumping ability of kangaroos to a court that jumps to conclusions on an invalid basis. [ Mid-1800s ]
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