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out-Herod Herod

To be excessively cruel or tyrannical. Herod was the King of Judea who according to the Bible ordered the deaths of all male babies in an attempt to kill Jesus. That dictator could out-Herod Herod with his fits of violence.
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out-Herod Herod

behave with extreme cruelty or tyranny.
Herod, the ruler of Judaea at the time of Jesus's birth and the man responsible for ordering the massacre of boy babies in his realm, was portrayed in medieval miracle plays as a blustering tyrant. The phrase is from Shakespeare's Hamlet : ‘I would have such a fellow whipp'd for o'erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod’.
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Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her." Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet.
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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[(https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%202:1-12#fen-NIV-23171a) a ] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
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The Most Reverend Justin Welby used his Christmas Day sermon to brand the Islamic extremists "a Herod of today" - a reference to the Biblical despotic king of Judea at the time of Jesus's birth.
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King Herod has discovered that a new-born baby has a possible claim to be the true King of Israel, and acts decisively to wipe out the threat; all children under the age of two in Bethlehem are to be removed.
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