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2008-06-14 00:00:13

By The Associated Press At her Real McCoy Cafe in Lawrenceville, Ill., Nancy Hettich is mighty proud of the joint's Italian beef sandwich and carrot cake. If only she could open the place to serve it. The 64-year-old proprietor and the southeastern Illinois community of 4,600 near the Indiana line grappled for a second day Thursday with a broken water system that left businesses with no usable tap water, forcing them to close. Such inconveniences were popping up through much of...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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