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kangaroo court (kang-guh-ROO kort) noun

A mock court set up with disregard to proper procedure to deliver a judgment arrived at in advance.

[Origin unknown.]

"`This is a kangaroo court,' the Australian coach, Don Talbot, told Vlaskov in a heated argument on the pool deck. `Do you know what that is? It's a farce.'" Thorpe Wins; U.S. Relay Is Disqualified, The New York Times, Jul 26, 2001.

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