Riot Act

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Riot Act

the reading it to unruly crowds, sheriffs under George I could force them to disperse or be jailed. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 767]
See: Riot
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The 22-year-old, who lost his reality TV star wife to cervical cancer this year, was said to have been read the riot act by the police, who received a report of drug-dealing in the Repton Park, Essex pad.
The Gloucester game was the most exciting game I've seen for a long, long time,' said Martyrs boss Sugrue, who admitted he read the riot act at the interval.
I'm sure Micky Adams read the riot act not after the WBA game and possibly got them in to watch the debacle.
I SEE from The Journal (November 6) that Freddie Shepherd planned to read the Riot Act to Newcastle's players.
WATFORD manager Adrian Boothroyd will read the riot act to any player who tries to swap shirts with Manchester United's international stars today.
Managers should know they have no option but to read the riot act in circumstances like these.
Rugby Park boss Jim Jefferies will also read the riot act after watching his bad boys crash 3- 0 at Rugby Park.
A town's anti-noise squad arrived at a late-night party to read the riot act - and found that the mayor and other councillors were the culprits.
Salford 12 Hull KR 29 SALFORD boss Ian Watson read the riot act to his Middle 8's flops after Hull KR took "a small step" to retaining their top-flight status.
The Rugby Park men were read the riot act after coming from two down to beat Berwick 3-2.
Stef Fontouris SPORT: Alan Pardew has read the riot act to Newcastle United following their hammering at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
By STEVE STAMMERS ARSENE Wenger has read the riot act to Jack Wilshere.