Out-herod definitions

therəd
To surpass in excess, as in violence or cruelty.
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1837, Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution.

Always with some touch of Leonidas-eloquence, often with a fire of daring that threatens to outherod Herod,—the Galleries, ‘especially the Ladies, never done with applauding’.

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1841, Charles Henry Knox, Hardness.

Of being asked [...] in the Traveller's, why he did not establish a yacht in the Levant and outherod Lamartine [...].

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To surpass in evil and cruelty (originally and chiefly with Herod as direct object). [from 17th c.]
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Origin of out-herod

From out- +"Ž Herod.