kangaroo court


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kangaroo court

n.
1. A mock court, especially one hastily improvised or irregularly conducted.
2. A court characterized by dishonesty or incompetence.
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kangaroo court

n
an irregular court, esp one set up by prisoners in a jail or by strikers to judge strikebreakers
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kan′garoo court′


n.
1. a self-appointed tribunal that disregards or parodies existing principles of law or human rights, esp. such a court in a frontier area or among criminals in prison.
2. any crudely or irregularly operated court.
[1850–55, Amer.]
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kangaroo court

An illegal or dishonest court.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kangaroo court - an irregular unauthorized court
court, judicature, tribunal - an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
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kangaroo court

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