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above the law

Meaning: If someone is above the law, they are not subject to the laws of a society.

For example:

  • Just because his father is a rich and powerful man, he seems to think he's above the law and he can do whatever he likes.

  • In a democracy, no-one is above the law - not even a president or a prime-minister.

Quick Quiz:

James seemed to think he was above the law, so he was shocked when
  1. he failed his law exam
  2. he was released from jail
  3. he was arrested for selling drugs

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