a self-appointed or mob-operated tribunal that disregards or parodies existing principles of law or human rights, especially one in a frontier area or among criminals in prison.
any crudely or irregularly operated court, especially one so controlled as to render a fair trial impossible.
an irregular court, esp one set up by prisoners in a jail or by strikers to judge strikebreakers
A court that ignores principles of justice; a court characterized by incompetence and dishonesty.
A self-appointed tribunal that violates established legal procedure; also, a dishonest or incompetent court of law. For example, The rebels set up a kangaroo court and condemned the prisoners to summary execution, or That judge runs a kangaroo court—he tells rape victims they should have been more careful. This expression is thought to liken the jumping ability of kangaroos to a court that jumps to conclusions on an invalid basis. [ Mid-1800s ]
- Kangaroo dog
noun 1. an Australian breed of large rough-haired dog that resembles a greyhound and is bred to hunt kangaroos
- Kangaroo grass
noun 1. a tall widespread Australian grass, Themeda australis, which is highly palatable to cattle and is used for fodder
- Kangaroo island
noun 1. an island in the Indian Ocean, off South Australia. Area: 4350 sq km (1680 sq miles)
- Kangaroo paw
noun 1. any plant of the Australian genus Anigozanthos, resembling a kangaroo’s paw, esp the red-and-green flowered A.manglesii, which is the floral emblem of Western Australia: family Haemodoraceae