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"legal" idioms...

See also, the Phrase Thesaurus list of phrases that contain the word legal

and, a list of phrases that relate in some way the word legal

" An open and shut case "
Meaning:
A straightforward legal case in which the outcome is clear.
Example:
He was caught with the stolen money and the police had his picture at the crime scene on CCTV - it was an open and shut case.
Where did it originate?:
USA, 19th century.
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" Give the slip "
Meaning:
To get away from. To escape.
Example:
He nearly caught us but we gave him the slip by ducking into the alley.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 16th century. In a translation of Virgil's Aeneid.
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" Just deserts "
Meaning:
The result which is deserved. A reward for what has been done - good or bad.
Example:
The British paedophile Jimmy Saville abused hundreds of victims but died before the truth came out. Some say he evaded his just deserts.
Where did it originate?:
Britain - 13th century. (note: the spelling is 'deserts', not 'desserts'.
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