paavillisempi kuin paavi itse

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

paavillisempi (more pope-like) + kuin (than) + paavi (pope) + itse (himself)

Phrase[edit]

paavillisempi kuin paavi itse

  1. (idiomatic) more Catholic than the Pope (hypocritical, supporting someone's ideas more vigorously than the person itself)
  2. olla ~ : to outpope the Pope (to try to act as a more authentic member of a group than one who is a genuine member of the group)