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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.
See also: fury, hath, hell, like, of, scorn, type

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.
See also: fury, hath, hell, like, scorn, woman

hold someone or something up to scorn

Fig. to single out someone or something for repudiation. The entire crowd held Randy up to scorn for his part in the riot. The disappointed fans held up the losing team to scorn.
See also: hold, scorn, up

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.
See also: fury, hell, like, scorn, woman

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.'
See also: fury, hath, hell, like, scorn, woman

hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

a woman who has been rejected by a man can be ferociously angry and vindictive. proverb
See also: fury, hath, hell, like, scorn, woman

laugh someone or something to scorn

ridicule someone or something.
This is a biblical idiom: see, for example, Job 12:4: ‘I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn’ or Matthew 9:24: ‘He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.’
See also: laugh, scorn, something

heap/pour ˈscorn on somebody/something

speak about somebody/something in a way that shows that you do not respect them or have a good opinion of them: She poured scorn on his plans to get rich quickly.
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Sammy, who killed two consecutive sixes off Faulkner to spark the madcap celebrations, poured scorn on Faulkner, saying that talk is cheap as cricket is a game of action, adding that it felt good to bring that action home.
I had an unhappy childhood but no way would I have dragged my parents onto a television programme to be held up for public scorn.
SIR - Your correspondent Terry Mackie (Letters, Feb 17) heaps scorn on Jane Davidson's record as education minister.
CDATA[ Raad Salahs actions in leading a stormy rally outside the Temple Mount & spitting at a policeman show scorn for Israel and its laws, judge rules.
The writer of Psalm 15 reminds us that to dwell with God we must "do no evil to a friend and not pour scorn on a neighbour".
Like the current Mary, Jesus' mother was viewed with scorn and suspicion.
Written with passion, and scorn toward tyrants, The Republic of Poetry is an unforgettable, immersive experience and highly rewarding reading.
They wrongly assume that because ethanol is often referenced by current politics and regulatory mandates, this grain-driven fuel deserves only scorn.
From arbitration ("a procedure enabling opponents to scream bloody murder at each other before going to trial and being inhibited by the decorum imposed in court") to yard ("A plot of dirt, grass, flowers, trees, shrubs, weeds and the like which Americans keep in front or back of their house for use as a spouse, child and dog dumping ground, and also for the convenience of the neighbors' cats"), each entry is delicious with irony, subtext, wit, and scorn for the self-absorbed.
There I go again, thinking like the greedy materialists of the "GOP mainstream" who are the chief objects of Dreher's scorn, to wit: "The tragic flaw of Western economics is that it is based on exploiting and encouraging greed and envy.
Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's last effort to put on a public show of unity earlier this week was greeted with scorn by Conservative leader David Cameron.
Blending elements of post-civil rights African-American culture, the newly out-and-proud gay movement, and the syncopation of the recently developed synthesizer, disco became a craze that flared brilliantly in its time, then fell by the wayside to fond memories and derisive scorn as its pop-culture peers of punk and hip-hop rose in its place.
Those who scorn socialized medicine might ponder two recent findings from a study by the Commonwealth Fund of 6,957 recently hospitalized patients from the United States, Britain and five other countries with state-run health care.
London -- Social worker Lisa Arthurworrey was cleared of mis conduct related to the murder of a child and her superiors in the social services department of the social services in the Borough of Haringey who held her to blame are now facing public scorn and criticism.
A powerful parable of the importance of individual rights and decision-making, and a sharp denouncement of the savagery of American war crimes and two-faced justification of intolerable humanitarian outrages during the Vietnam occupation, God Go With Them ultimately champions the human spirit in its willingness to to take a stand based on what is right, in spite of the scorn of one's brethren.