bigger than Ben Hur

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Etymology[edit]

A comparison to the extravagance of the 1899 play Ben-Hur. Though the phrase is often erroneously claimed to have been coined in reference to the 1959 film, use of the phrase long predates the film.

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Phrase[edit]

bigger than Ben Hur

  1. (simile, informal, comical) huge, extravagant.
    • 1916, Columbia Theatre advertisement in The Argonaut, Volume 79, No. 2071, page 379:
      150 People, Arabs, Camels, Horses, Donkeys and Goats
      The Eighth Wonder of the World
      BIGGER THAN “BEN-HUR”