- to outdo in extravagance, violence, or excess: His cruelty out-Herods Herod.
Origin of out-Herod
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An evil day for journalists and writers who do not out-Herod Blanqui and Pyat.The Parisians, Complete
They are bad copies of the Spaniards, whose failings they imitate and out-herod till they become odious vices.
I should like to out-Herod that puppy Rowland, and make a saint of myself out of a sinner.Gladys, the Reaper
- (tr) to surpass in evil, excesses, or cruelty
C17: originally out-Herod Herod, from Shakespeare's Hamlet (act 3, scene 2); see also Herod : portrayed in medieval mystery plays as a ranting tyrant
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