English Idiom – Kangaroo Court.
Meaning – An unofficial or unauthorised “mock” court. This expression can be used to refer to an unofficial court or a court that exists to come to a predetermined conclusion. This may be a court that ignores recognised standards of law or justice – or that carries no official standing in its location.
Mock trials, show trials and sham trials are terms used to refer to unofficial or fake trials.
When could you use this idiom?
- A body of people with no real power have decided to that you can no longer remain part of their club.
- The government has created a mock court that will decide if they themselves are guilty of some wrongdoings.
- A group of people hold a mock court session to find a local person “guilty” of some petty crime.
- “There were accusations that the recent tribunal in Paris was nothing more than a kangaroo court – the final outcome was never in doubt.”
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An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally. An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.