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Meaning of "a law unto itself" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A LAW UNTO ITSELF

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A LAW UNTO ITSELF

a hard row to hoe
a heavy hand
a high hand
a hollow leg
a home from home
A horizon
a horse of another colour
A into G
a king´s ransom
a la plancha
a leap in the dark
A level
a lick and a promise
A list
a little bird
a load of
a lump in one´s throat
a matter of life and death
a matter of opinion
a mensa et thoro

WORDS THAT END LIKE A LAW UNTO ITSELF

do-it-yourself
herself
higher self
himself
inner self
itself
lend itself
myself
oneself
ourself
self
speak for itself
speak for yourself
the self
themself
thing-in-itself
thyself
to be pleased with yourself
up-itself
yourself

Synonyms and antonyms of a law unto itself in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «a law unto itself» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A LAW UNTO ITSELF

Find out the translation of a law unto itself to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a law unto itself from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a law unto itself» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

本身就是一个法律
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

una ley en sí misma
570 millions of speakers

English

a law unto itself
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

ही पर्यत एक कानून
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

القانون ذاته
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Закон сама по себе
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

a lei em si
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি আইন নিজেই
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

une loi en soi
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Undang-undang untuk dirinya sendiri
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein Gesetz zu sich selbst
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

自体わたし法則
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

그 자체 법
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Angger-angger marang awake dhewe
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một đạo luật cho chính nó
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தன்னை ஒரு சட்டம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्वत: ला एक कायदा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kendine bir kanun
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

una legge a se stessa
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Prawo samo w sobie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Закон сама по собі
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

o lege în sine
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ένας νόμος για τον ίδιο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n wet vir homself
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en lag för sig själv
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en lov i seg selv
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a law unto itself

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A LAW UNTO ITSELF»

The term «a law unto itself» is normally little used and occupies the 145.622 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A LAW UNTO ITSELF» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a law unto itself

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A LAW UNTO ITSELF»

Discover the use of a law unto itself in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a law unto itself and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A law unto itself: the untold story of the law firm Sullivan ...
Traces the history of the influential American law firm, whose senior partners have included John Foster and Allen Dulles, and looks at the firm's role in corporate takeovers
Nancy Lisagor, Frank Lipsius, 1989
2
A Law Unto Itself: Power, Politics, and the IRS
Investigative reporter David Burnham provides the first book on the IRS that reveals the appalling excesses its power creates, from political manipulation to internal corruption.
David Burnham, 1989
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A Law Unto Itself: How the Ontario Municipal Board Has ...
Illuminates OMB practices of overturning municipal land-use planning decisions to impose its own policies, which are generally protective of private interests, and of applying provincial planning policies within the context of its own ...
John George Chipman, 2002
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A Law Unto Itself?: Essays in the New Louisiana Legal History
The ten essays in this volume -- which address law in the state through the nineteenth century -- mark the coming of age of the New Louisiana Legal History.
Warren M. Billings, Mark F. Fernandez, 2001
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Partners: Love Is a Law Unto Itself
Ten highly intelligent, erotically charged short stories set in a top New York law firm, Partners explores the intrigue, sexual politics, romance and misbehaviour that absorb alpha male and alpha female practitioners as much as winning the ...
Harrison Young, 2013
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Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language
We regularly read that, in such-and-such a country, the police force has become a law unto itself. Militias and pirates are laws unto themselves. The negative tone even survives a pun: an article on the failings of a social care department began  ...
David Crystal, 2010
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The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star
And ' again, verily I say unto you, that ' which is governed by law, is also preserved by law, and perfected and sanctified by the same : that which breaketh a law, and abideth Hot by law, but secketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to ...
8
Suffering Witness: The Quandary of Responsibility after the ...
The node of this resistance is found in the claim that each human being possesses a will that is free, which is to say, is a law unto itself. Being a law unto itself, the will is incapable of belonging to another, its very structure transcending the ...
James Hatley, 2000
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Law and Religion: Essays on the Place of the Law in Israel ...
... certain sections of the scroll were composed previously, and that some of the traditions embedded in it originated in an earlier period'.4 Yadin has argued consistently that the scroll belongs happily within The Temple Scroll: a law unto itself?
Barnabas Lindars, 1988
10
The Individual Subject and Scientific Psychology
10) that each personality is a law unto itself The course of each life is a lawful event, even though it is unlike all others of its class Lawfulness does not depend upon frequency nor upon uniformity, but upon necessity There is a necessary ...
Jaan Valsiner, 1986

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A LAW UNTO ITSELF»

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Reign of terror grips Lesotho
Lesotho is lurching towards a military dictatorship as the army unleashes a reign of terror on its citizens, acting as a law unto itself and arresting, ... «Times LIVE, Jul 15»
2
EDITORIAL: Public has right to know
... operate as though it is a law unto itself – that it can speak when it wishes to, to which issues it chooses, and when it cares not to it stays silent. «Nation News, Jul 15»
3
The Mystery of the Sopore Killings
... the counter-insurgency group Ikhwan-ul-Muslimoon became a law unto itself. Ambiguous statements by militants have aggravated such fears ... «Economic and Political Weekly, Jul 15»
4
Two new alcohol laws take effect
Both laws include other provisions. One includes a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol that might otherwise have been a law unto itself. «Statesboro Herald, Jun 15»
5
Cops cost TT million$
Ratiram said the judge's award was a lesson that even during a State of Emergency, the police cannot act as a law unto itself. 3 men tasered by ... «Trinidad News, Jun 15»
6
Shock pre-election surge in house prices
Experts say the housing market is now "a law unto itself" with prices rising despite the uncertain outcome of the forthcoming General Election ... «Introducer Today, Jun 15»
7
Warned Malwani cops of hooch racket, no action taken: MNS
"The trust has become a law unto itself. This is travesty of the PPP concept," Thackeray said. Article continues. Stay updated on the go with ... «Times of India, Jun 15»
8
Border Services must lift the veil of secrecy: Editorial
However harsh the Harper government's attitude toward unlawful immigration may be, the CBSA cannot be a law unto itself. And bureaucratic ... «Toronto Star, Jun 15»
9
The al-Bashir saga: Questions about the bottom line on SA's …
... is not a law unto itself — it once again seems to have dodged the opportunity to articulate principle, without wanting to appear unprincipled. «Thought Leader, Jun 15»
10
Mmusi Maimane
But make no mistake, this further serves to illustrate how the executive branch under President Jacob Zuma has become a law unto itself with ... «Daily Maverick, Jun 15»

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