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jailhouse lawyer

a prisoner who has taught himself or herself law while serving time, is knowledgeable about technical legal matters, and gives legal advice, especially to fellow prisoners.
Origin of jailhouse lawyer
1965-70; Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It now appears that the motion was prepared by a jailhouse lawyer to whom defendant had complained about his attorney.
  • Tells about his time in prison as a model prisoner and a jailhouse lawyer.
  • Though he doesn't have a law degree, he earned a reputation there as a jailhouse lawyer.
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jailhouse lawyer

noun phrase

A prisoner who, authoritative or not, is disposed to lengthy discussion of his legal rights and those of other inmates; guardhouse lawyer: an avid reader of good literature and a ''jailhouse lawyer'' (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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