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Hell hath no fury like a (certain type of person) scorned

No one will have a greater wrath or vengeance than (this type of person) when they have been wronged. A hyperbolic and often humorous play on the phrase "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," in which any person, demographic, or profession may be substituted for "woman." The university might think nothing of hiking up the cost of tuition, but we'll show them that Hell hath no fury like a broke college student scorned! The governor, after veering away from his party's core ideologies, is now discovering that Hell hath no fury like politicians scorned.
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pour scorn on (one's) head

To speak about something with a lot of contempt, disdain, or disrespect. My mother always poured scorn on my hapless father whenever he spoke up about anything. It's fine to offer criticisms of their ideas, but don't just pour scorn on them.
See also: head, on, pour, scorn

heap scorn on (one's) head

To speak about something with a lot of contempt, disdain, or disrespect. My mother always heaped scorn on my hapless father whenever he spoke up about anything. It's fine to offer criticisms of their ideas, but don't just heap scorn on them.
See also: head, heap, on, scorn

laugh (someone or something) to scorn

To mock or ridicule someone; to subject someone to scorn, derision, or contempt. At the time, the senator was laughed to scorn for his assertion that climate change could threaten human survival. They just laughed my idea to scorn during the meeting.
See also: laugh, scorn

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Prov. There is nothing as unpleasant as a woman who has been offended or whose love has not been returned. When Mary Ann discovered that George was not in love with her, George discovered that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Bill: I'm getting tired of going out with Mary; I think I'll tell her we're through. Fred: Be careful. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, you know.
See also: fury, hath, hell, like, no, scorn, woman

hold someone or something up to scorn

Fig. to single out someone or something for repudiation. The entire crowd held Randy up to scorn for his part in the riot. The disappointed fans held up the losing team to scorn.
See also: hold, scorn, up

hell has no fury like a woman scorned

No anger is worse than that of a jilted woman. For example, Nancy has nothing good to say about Tom-hell has no fury, you know. This term is a shortening of William Congreve's lines, "Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorn'd" ( The Mourning Bride, 1697). Similar lines appear in several plays of the same period. Today the proverb is often shortened even more, as in the example.
See also: fury, hell, like, no, scorn, woman

hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

mainly BRITISH
People say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned to suggest that women often react very angrily to things that upset them. Benjamin's attention shifts from Mrs Robinson to her daughter Elaine and hell hath no fury like an older woman scorned. Note: Journalists often use other words in this expression to make it appropriate to the subject which they are writing about. The golfer, having decided not to attend next week's International Open competition, has discovered that hell hath no fury like a sponsor spurned. Note: This expression is often used to refer to cases where a woman has an unfaithful partner and takes revenge. Note: This comes from William Congreve's `The Mourning Bride' (1697): `Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd.'
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hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

a woman who has been rejected by a man can be ferociously angry and vindictive. proverb
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laugh someone or something to scorn

ridicule someone or something.
This is a biblical idiom: see, for example, Job 12:4: ‘I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn’ or Matthew 9:24: ‘He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.’

heap/pour ˈscorn on somebody/something

speak about somebody/something in a way that shows that you do not respect them or have a good opinion of them: She poured scorn on his plans to get rich quickly.
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The value that Young Loveless places on his lands--[pounds sterling]10000--is a huge sum, especially for the inheritance of a younger brother, and it perhaps signals the extent to which The Scornful Lady deals with fantasies of economic and romantic capital, rather than the gritty realities of either kind of dealing.
This scornful attitude is all the more striking in France, where the lists for the May 2014 European elections will be drawn up after the local elections, as a way out for the losers in the first election.
Willis, who appeared in the first two "Expendables" films, opposite Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, has yet to respond to Stallone's scornful comments.
With this coalition being presided over by an egotistical and scornful Prime Minister with a stooge in Iain Duncan Smith, also originating from a privileged and well-heeled family tree, indicates to me these politicians have no respect or concern for disabled people at all.
And Richard Mosley-Evans as the cynical Don Alfonso and Paula Sides as the sulky, scornful maid Despina, complete the clever balance perfectly.
The real heroes, of the International Brigade, the POUM, and the anarchist FAI, like the late Tom Hyndman from Cardiff (who went out a communist, fought in the Battle of Jarama, and returned as an anarchist) were scornful of the passing interest of Hemingway and his For Whom the Bell Tolls.
In A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, the author previously turned a deeply critical and scornful eye on how New Labour's approach to economics and politics had influenced the built environment of Britain.
Messrs Dickson and Carter were also both scornful of the idea of a presidency (it doesn't have to be Tony Blair, guys), and I wholeheartedly agree with them.
But Voice fans on the social networking site were scornful.
Firstly, perhaps the best way to attract people to your cause is to lose the scornful tone of your writings.
Assad's offer of a referendum on a new constitution in two weeks' time, leading to multi-party elections within 90 days, drew scornful rejections from the opposition and the West.
With the jovial ghouls of Hogwarts now behind him, Daniel Radcliffe took on a host of sinister and scornful spirits at the world preem of Momentum Pictures' "The Woman in Black.
However, Tesco and Morrisons, which both reported the ads to the ASA, were scornful.
The group of 11 permanent secretaries, among the highest-paid people in the public service - earning some e1/4123,000 annually - "expresses its strong displeasure over the offensive and scornful statements made to the media against civil servants and especially high-ranking officials," a written statement said.
Here in America, we're supposed to be bemused by news regarding Britain's royal family - if not oblivious or downright scornful.