[singular/uncountable] a system of rules within a country, region, or community dealing with people’s behaviour and activities
against the law (=illegal): It is against the law to park on a double yellow line.
break the law (=do something illegal): The local authority is prepared to prosecute them for breaking the law.
obey the law: Local officials are reminding people to obey the law and not sell fireworks to children under sixteen.
by/under law (=according to the law): Any changes are required by law to be in writing.
within the law (=legal or legally): They pledged to work within the law to bring about change.
above the law (=allowed to not obey the law): Neither the government nor any official is above the law.
become law (=be made a law): The bill could become law as soon as next year.
enforce the law (=punish people who do not obey it): It is the Attorney-General’s job to enforce the law, not the White House’s.
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