Herod. to out-herod Herod

Definition

Theater

  • To outdo the worst of tyrants in wickedness, violence, or noisy bluster.In the medieval mystery plays Herod, the destroyer of the babes ofBethlehem, was always acted as a ranting tyrant. The phrase comes fromHamlet (III, ii). see also advice to actors;Pilate voice; Termagant.
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