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cast the first stone

Fig. to make the first criticism; to be the first to attack. (From a biblical quotation.) Well, I don't want to be the one to cast the first stone, but she sang horribly. John always casts the first stone. Does he think he's perfect?
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cast the first stone

Also, throw the first stone. Be quick to blame, criticize, or punish, as in She's always criticizing her colleagues, casting the first stone no matter what the circumstances . The term comes from the New Testament (John 8:7), where Jesus defends an adulteress against those who would stone her, saying "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." Also see people who live in glass houses; pot calling the kettle black.
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Stoning was still the village punishment during Roman times, for Jesus suggested, without a sign that he was referring to the past: "Let the one of you who is without sin throw the first stone.
No-one is keen to throw the first stone because racing is riddled with impostors and snake oil salesmen who have been run out of other towns, only to seek fame as well as refuge in our little community.
This suggestion is undoubtedly very good, but, while endorsing this suggestion, Anwar Saifullah, Minister of Petroleum rightly added that the accountability should start from the very first day of independence, because dirty game of corruption is being played by our leaders from the very first day and one should not fear if one has no 'skeleton to hide' the carrier of this information too, our erstwhile prime minister, is not innocent enough "to throw the first stone on the sinner".
He loved to party with low-lifes such as prostitutes and tax collectors, and challenged any moral bigots who were without sin to throw the first stone.
But I wonder if his humiliation does not stay with him, leaving him susceptible to the cries of a mob, inclining him to throw the first stone, bequeathing to him the itchiest finger on the trigger?