Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of out-Herod.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Sometimes, alas! the calmest man is carried away in the torrent, bandies adjectives with the best, and out-Herods Herod for some shameful moments.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • Stephenson, at Liverpool, to learn what he was doing, and to order engines from him; but Mr. King out-herods Herod, for he claims on behalf of the Colonel, the working of Steam expansively in 1815, for which Watt had taken out a patent thirty-five years before.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • I would have such a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod pray you avoid it.

    The Canadian Elocutionist

  • I could have such a fellow whipped for overdoing termagant: it out-Herods Herod.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899

  • Ladies always wear bonnets at a garden-party, and the sensible fashion of short dresses has hitherto prevailed; but it is rumored that a recent edict of the Princess of Wales against short dresses at her garden-parties will find followers on this side of the water, notably at Newport, which out-Herods Herod in its respect to English fashions.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • Bee, who always out-Herods Herod, became so bucolic that she nearly drove the hens off their nests in order to hatch the eggs personally.

    At Home with the Jardines

  • Hamlet's saying "he out-Herods Herod" sufficiently suggests the raging tyrant whom the playwrights of the Middle Ages loved.

    Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan

  • I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod.

    Hamlet

  • I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod.

    Quotations

  • I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod.

    Quotations

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.