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state's evidence

noun
1.
evidence given by an accomplice in a crime who becomes a voluntary witness against the other defendants:
The defendants' case was lost when one of them turned state's evidence.
2.
evidence for the state, especially in criminal trials.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800
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state's evidence

noun (in the US)
1.
the evidence for the prosecution given on behalf of a state in a criminal prosecution
2.
evidence given for the state by an accomplice against his former associates in crime (esp in the phrase turn state's evidence) Brit equivalent king's evidence, queen's evidence
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