out-herod


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surpass someone in cruelty or evil

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Given the volume that the speech demands of the player, John Draper may have been far closer to the mark than he realized in claiming that Petruchio's "method is to out-Herod Herod.
Neophiligus 48 (1964): 252-59; Weimann, Shakespeare and the Popular Tradition in the Theater, 65-72; Miriam Skey, "Herod the Great in Medieval European Drama," Comparative Drama 13 (1979): 330-64; David Staines, "To Out-Herod Herod: The Development of a Dramatic Character" in Clifford Davidson, C.
O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumbshows and noise: I would have such a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod: pray you, avoid it.