According to Jim Jarmusch, director of the film by this name: "Down by law, at the time in the mid-80s, was kind of in use on the streets as meaning a very close connection with somebody. If somebody was down by law, they were close to you or you would protect them. I know that, earlier, in prison slang, if somebody was down by law, and they got out before you, they would contact your family or look after people outside if you needed them to. So it meant something very close or a code. I really liked the contradiction of that, being something that sounds like being oppressed by the law, which of course under that condition is where the slang came from. So, I liked that contradiction of it. And I liked it also in terms of the film being contradictory in that they are oppressed by the law but they also become down by law with each other."
Jimmy ain't gonna rat on me. We're down by law.
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Phrase one uses when feeling oppressed by the current legal system.
I'd get my due but I'm down by law.
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Start controlling the situation and enforce your rules.
"I layed down the law and now my wife doesnt cheat on me anymore."
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A man with an unusually large dick who keeps his woman cock-whipped simply by the pleasure he gives her in bed. He's the boss of his castle. When he says jump, she says how high? And if she ever gets upitty, he simply whips out his massive rod of correction and bangs on her until she begs her master for mercy. Basically she's addicted to his big cock and will be good so she doesn't risk losing it.
"I told my woman to get me a beer last night and she had the nerve to tell me to get it myself. Well, I had to lay down the law real good after that. I gave it to her for an hour and a half. But I think she wanted it that way all along."

"So how's that new boyfriend of yours in bed, Julie?"
"Well, he's sweet and all, but he's not exactly Laying Down the Law if you know what I mean."
"Oh yeah. I know the type. I give it 2 weeks tops."
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That crazy lady ran out in middle of the park, dropped trou, then layed down the law in plain view of everyone.

After eating all that Indian food, I have to lay down the law! Where's the toilet?
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When you're drunk as fuck and you try to be a cowboy
Person 1: It's time to law down the law, pardner
Person 2: Don't you mean lay down the law?
Person 1: Idk, man I'm high af
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"We can shoot a fair one,I'm not affiliated, I don't need to be, Im down by law, homeboy!" Ny/Nj Circa 80s urban slang
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