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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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like fury

Very quickly and/or intensely. Lucy took off like fury as soon as the race started—all of her training really paid off. We need to drive like fury in order to get there on time!
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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.
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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.
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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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like fury

with great energy or effort. informal
This expression dates from the mid 19th century, but fury has been used of things that operate with irresistible force since the late 16th century (e.g. ‘the fury of the sea’).
19945 Game Gazette I was to fish it [the Zambesi] for the legendary Tiger fish…that…has a mouth of teeth like a canteen of cutlery and fights like fury.
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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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like ˈfury

(informal) with great energy, speed, etc: I worked like fury to get everything done by five o’clock.
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hell hath no ˈfury (like a woman ˈscorned)

(British English, saying) used to refer to somebody, usually a woman, who has reacted very angrily to something, especially the fact that her husband or lover has been unfaithful (= has had a sexual relationship with another woman): He should have known better than to leave her for that young girl. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Hath is an old form of has.
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References in classic literature ?
These they let lie, now that they had stopped their fighting; the two heroes then went on playing havoc with the foe, like two wild boars that turn in fury and rend the hounds that hunt them.
As peasants with their hounds chase a lion from their stockyard, and watch by night to prevent his carrying off the pick of their herd--he makes his greedy spring, but in vain, for the darts from many a strong hand fall thick around him, with burning brands that scare him for all his fury, and when morning comes he slinks foiled and angry away--even so did Ajax, sorely against his will, retreat angrily before the Trojans, fearing for the ships of the Achaeans.
They eyed me with malignant fury, yet withal there was a touch of respect in their demeanour.
Quasimodo was deaf but his sight was clear, and the public fury was no less energetically depicted on their visages than in their words.
The fury which had contracted it was followed by a strange smile full of ineffable sweetness, gentleness, and tenderness.
The schoolmaster and his consort passed their time unpleasantly enough that evening, but something or other happened before the next morning, which a little abated the fury of Mrs Partridge; and she at length admitted her husband to make his excuses: to which she gave the readier belief, as he had, instead of desiring her to recall Jenny, professed a satisfaction in her being dismissed, saying, she was grown of little use as a servant, spending all her time in reading, and was become, moreover, very pert and obstinate; for, indeed, she and her master had lately had frequent disputes in literature; in which, as hath been said, she was become greatly his superior.
It was not until she had chained and double-locked the door, fastened every bolt and bar with the heat and fury of a maniac, and drawn him back into the room, that she turned upon him, once again, that stony look of horror, and, sinking down into a chair, covered her face, and shuddered, as though the hand of death were on her.
Fury has come under increasing scrutiny for comments he has made since he upset world heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko on November 28.
The BBBC confirmed that it had informed Fury on Wednesday night, following a meeting to discuss the matter, that it wanted to discuss his comments at a date still to be confirmed.
The BBBC met to discuss the matter on Wednesday before informing Fury that night, and again yesterday morning, that he is to front the board.
The SJA's move comes amid mounting calls for Fury to be removed from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist due to his controversial views about women and homosexuality.
As Fury, 27, continued to take the controversy in his stride yesterday, he clutched a copy of the Daily Mirror as he got out of his car at his Lancashire home.
Fury stunned onlookers when he collected their share after paying the tab.
When asked his opinion on women in boxing, Fury said: "I think they are very nice when they're walking around that ring holding them cards.
Klitschko admitted he under-performed in losing his crown to Fury in a below-par contest in Dusseldorf last Saturday night and did not take long to reject any possibility of retirement.