cast the first stone


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cast the first stone

To be the first to criticize someone or something. OK, fine, I'll cast the first stone—that movie was awful! Alicia cast the first stone, but of course the boss heard me—and only me—complaining about him.
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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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cast (or throw) the first stone

be the first to accuse or criticize.
The phrase comes from an incident recorded in St John's Gospel. A group of men preparing to stone an adulterous woman to death were addressed by Jesus with the words: ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her’ (John 8:7).
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In all languages of old Christendom, such expressions as "the first stone," "to cast the first stone," are very much alive.
But except for the Jenkins, Fabre, and Williams interviews, inadequate attention is given to the nihilistic attitude and violent male-chauvinistic behavior that he acquired and developed primarily in the streets and prison, including shooting at people in fits of rage as a teenager, viciously abusing women, and fictionalizing a homosexual affair between the protagonist/author Jimmy and Dido in Cast the First Stone.
When at last published by Coward McCann in 1952 under the new title Cast the First Stone, the novel was radically different from any of Himes's manuscripts.
But as someone famous once said, let he who hath not made a rickets of things himself cast the first stone.
The other epigraph is from John: "Let the one among you who has done no wrong cast the first stone.
His first novel, If He Hollers, Let Him Go (1945), depicts the bigotry he encountered as an African American in California shipyards and plants; Lonely Crusade (1947) concerns labor unions, and Cast the First Stone (1952) deals with race relations in a prison.
It is hard enough for anyone, but he could do without being hounded and criticised for minor misdemeanours - let he with no sin cast the first stone.
Speaking of Jesus, when the Lord challenges everyone to cast the first stone, Juan interprets it as a literal eye-for-an-eye method of justice.
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Gossip was shared, No family was spared, Your business was never your own, The "pinnie brigade" Were never dismayed, They'd queue up to cast the first stone.
He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.
He who is without sin, cast the first stone -- enough said.
After all, everyone's got a skeleton in their closet, we're all human, let he who has not sinned cast the first stone (unless of course you live in Iran, where the stoning of adulteress women is actively encouraged).