Bombast was trumping originality and critics were at the end of their ropes with it.
"Yes, but it wasn't just about trumping people's expectations," wrote Homeland executive producer Alex Gansa in an email.
He would have extracted satisfaction out of a death-sentence which was contingent on the trumping of an ace.
"All the night," she said, trumping what her mistress had alleged.
You accused me of trumping up a designing untrue story of my life when I first met you, for the purpose of winning your sympathy.
I wish to ascertain exactly in what measure the witness has been concerned in trumping up this charge against me.
trumping your partner's trick to put the lead through the strong hand.
There was no difficulty in trumping up evidence in favor of the accusation.
She closed her triumph, a few rounds later, by trumping the Commandant's ace and king.
It could not be the trump of doom, unless the trumping of doom went off like a double-barrelled gun.
"playing card of a suit ranking above others," 1520s, alteration of triumph, name of a card game.
"trumpet," c.1300, from Old French trompe "long, tube-like musical wind instrument" (12c.), cognate with Provençal tromba, Italian tromba, all probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumpa and Old Norse trumba "trumpet"), of imitative origin.
"surpass, beat," 1580s, from trump (n.). Related: Trumped; trumping.