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protest too much

To deny something so often and/or so forcefully that people think one is not telling the truth. Taken from a line in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "Methinks the lady doth protest too much" (and often used in that structure). At even the slightest suggestion that there might be some impropriety in the company's accounts, the manager flies into a rage. He protests a bit too much, don't you think? Shiela mentions at every opportunity how she loves her husband and didn't marry him for his money—methinks she doth protest too much.
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For the Kurd layeth down with the Sunni, and the Shi'ite doth lay with the twain, as it was foretold by us, and there is peace, but for a dozen car bombs each week!
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It is a profound emotion and these words from a Christian hymn by Robert Bridges set out its faith basis: "All my hope on God is founded; he doth still my trust renew."
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Clearly, Arthur doth not know whereof he speaketh, and you can tell him We said that.
I believe the lady doth protest to much by stating she is not anti-bisexual, because her biphobia is showing!
A Dream Dissolving: The biosphere with seething life doth teem;/The stars are burst and formed anew to gleam/Within the cold and limitless expanse/While fragile man bestirs within his dream.
his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.' </pre> <p>"Today an open compound, sea change is a powerful phrase, invested as it is with all the immense imagery of the oceans and their elemental forces" (CW, March 1990).
"And earthly power doth then show likest God's/ When mercy seasons justice.
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But the bibliographic aspect is less compelling, because Haley's emendations ("The dram of esill [vinegar] / Doth all the noble substance often sour") lack paleographic support.
[7] Aghast at this proposed wholesale elimination of what became endangered indigenous plants, in his poem "Man," George Herbert eerily presages a modern environmental argument (often now marshaled into use to suggest that the planet's last remaining rain forests might contain endangered plants that could one day cure cancer) by suggesting that "in ev'ry path / He [man] treads down that which doth befriend him, / When sickness makes him pale and wan." [8] Herbert's point was simply that even the seemingly insignificant plants we thoughtlessly tread upon and exterminate might be the "Herbs [which] gladly cure our flesh" (23) in time of greatest sickness.
RE the letter from Maria Lester, 'Methinks the lady doth protest too much.' Had any of the South Wales Echo's statements regarding Russell Goodway been untrue, I am certain that the paper would by now have been embroiled in a law suit.
"What is it that makes us so willing to cut our hopes and dreams to fit the doth of our social class?" Johnson asks.