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martial law

noun
     
Related topics: Government
martial law [uncountable]
PG a situation in which the army controls an area instead of the police, especially because of fighting against the government
impose/declare martial law
The government may declare martial law in response to the latest violence in the region.
In May, martial law was lifted (=ended) in most areas.
under martial law
According to press reports, the country is now under martial law.

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