out herodding


verb (used with object)
to outdo in extravagance, violence, or excess: His cruelty out-Herods Herod.

1595–1605; out- + Herod (Antipas)

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(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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