"Yes, but it wasn't just about trumping people's expectations," wrote Homeland executive producer Alex Gansa in an email.
Bombast was trumping originality and critics were at the end of their ropes with it.
"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.