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throw the first stone

To be the first person to criticize someone or something. Derived from a quote in the Bible (John 8:7): "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone." OK, fine, I'll throw the first stone—that movie was awful! Alicia had thrown the first stone, but of course the boss only heard me complaining about him. People love to vilify these celebrities the moment they do or say something wrong. But let he that is without sin cast the first stone, that's what I say.
See also: first, stone, throw
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cast/throw the first stone, to

To be quick to attack someone or something. The term comes from Jesus’ defense of an adulteress against vindictive Pharisees and scribes, who quoted the law of Moses and said she must be stoned. Jesus told them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (Gospel of St. John, 8:7). The implication that the attacker is equally vulnerable was continued in the modern-day cliché, and spelled out even more in the old proverb, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
See also: cast, first, throw, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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They quote Jesus: "let the one without sin throw the first stone," forgetting that he also told the adulterous person to "go and sin no more." If the Anglican church survives the current controversy intact, and accepts sexual immorality among leaders and members, it will do so void of God's approval, making itself irrelevant in any spiritual sense.
'He who has not sinned should throw the first stone'.
You don't get to play Christian on TV, or amass real political power along with your millions, by urging people not to throw the first stone, especially if they live in a glass house.
Would your writer Alan Rimmer like to herd Thompson and Venables through the streets of Liverpool "named and shamed" so he could throw the first stone?
And any reporters without sin can throw the first stone. I doubt whether there will be many, though.
Who is going to throw the first stone?" (Sr.) MARY ANN CUNNINGHAM, SL Chicago
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