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barrack-room lawyer Line breaks: barrack-room law¦yer

Definition of barrack-room lawyer in English:


A person who likes to give authoritative-sounding opinions on subjects in which they are not qualified, especially legal matters.
Example sentences
  • Although Edward Crawford was being humorous in his vision of ‘barrack-room lawyers’ deciding not to obey an order because it was illegal, there is actually a very serious point at issue here.
  • A few years ago, Radio Scotland's football team began the day as barrack-room lawyers, berating the courts for flinging an unrepentant Duncan Ferguson into jail.
  • Beate's role was to identify the ‘nice boys’ who would give their all for the team, and weed out the playboys and barrack-room lawyers.
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