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 Labour leader was also forced to read the riot act to his team after Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy jumped the gun and said his party would accept pounds 5billion of military cuts.
My pals slept on the mail train; I shivered on a station seat until a jobsworth British Rail official read the riot act at 5am.
Mitchell was read the riot act by promoter Frank Warren and trainer Jimmy Tibbs for allowing distractions at home to undermine his challenge for the interim WBO lightweight title.
Walsall looked clueless and careless, and its about time Hutchings read the riot act to some of his players.
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.
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.
A furious Laboso read the riot act, saying all workers must be accountable.