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From out- +β€Ž Herod.

Examples

  • Con O'Neill as the roaring, bisexual tetrarch is not afraid to out-Herod Herod.

    Salome

  • We now witness the entrance, into politics, of alpha females like Ms. Coulter who borrow the "by any means necessary" ethos from their Republican male counterparts and, in essence, out-Herod, Herod.

    Beneath Contempt

  • β€œThe motives which prompted the legislature to lay aside its conservatism and take this new departure were, so far as can be judged, an ambition to immortalize themselves and out-Herod Herod.”

    THE AMERICAN WEST

  • I scarcely think he would put his money in the Savings Bank after all; I doubt if he would be such an admirable son as we are led to expect; and as for his conduct in love, I believe firmly he would out-Herod Herod, and put the whole of his new compeers to the blush.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • 'The Adoration of the Magi' (_Scene 17_) introduces us to a very notable person, no other than Herod, the model of each 'robustious periwig-pated fellow' who on the stage would 'tear a passion to tatters, to very rags', and so out-herod Herod.

    The Growth of English Drama

  • Noah's wife, for example, came regularly to be presented as a shrew, who would not enter the ark until she had been beaten into submission; and Herod always appears as a blustering tyrant, whose fame still survives in a proverb of Shakspere's coinage -- 'to out-Herod Herod.'

    A History of English Literature

  • Nay, we are usually a little _too_ faithful, and fairly 'out-Herod Herod.'

    The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844 Volume 23, Number 2

  • We wish some of the criticism in this chapter had been milder, and a few of the invectives not so highly charged; some of them even out-Herod the fury of an article on Painting, in a recent number of the _Edinburgh

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 382, July 25, 1829

  • I should like to out-Herod that puppy Rowland, and make a saint of myself out of a sinner.

    Gladys, the Reaper

  • The shyest of men can sometimes out-Herod Herod if not obliged to face their listeners in person.

    Ted and the Telephone

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