there ought to be a law

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there ought to be a law

  1. Indicates disapproval of a situation.
    • 1970, Merle Hodge, Crick Crack, Monkey, 2000 Heinemann edition, ISBN 0435989510, page 111:
      There ought to be a law, said Auntie Beatrice, people like that living up against decent people, something should be done. [] Auntie Beatrice willed Divine Judgement, or an epidemic, or simple eviction, upon the boy and his mother. []
    • 1985, Ira Wood, The Kitchen Man, 1998 Leapfrog Press edition, ISBN 0965457834, page 17:
      Doesn't it kill you how somebody who looks so attractive can be so brilliant? God, there ought to be a law. She looks just like Julie Christie.