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lead (one) to the altar

To marry someone. I can't believe it's only a month until I lead her to the altar!
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sacrifice (something) on the altar of

To abandon something in exchange for something else (which is named after "of"). The phrase can, but does not have to, include a noun after "sacrifice." I know you want to help your family, but you can't sacrifice your happiness on the altar of servitude. It seems that the curriculum at this school has been sacrificed on the altar of profit.
See also: altar, of, on, sacrifice

bow to the porcelain altar

To vomit into a toilet, usually as the result of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Doing so often requires one to kneel in front of or bend over the toilet (the "porcelain altar"), a position that is likened to kneeling before or bowing to a sacred idol. I bet that if Tommy doesn't stop drinking, he'll bow to the porcelain altar all night. I've never thrown up so much in my life. I can't wait till I stop bowing to the porcelain altar.
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bow to the porcelain altar

Sl. to vomit, especially as a result of drinking too much alcohol. (The porcelain altar is a euphemism for a toilet bowl.) He spent the whole night bowing to the porcelain altar. I have the feeling that I will be bowing to the porcelain altar before morning.
See also: altar, bow, porcelain

be sacrificed on the altar of something

If someone or something is sacrificed on the altar of a particular belief or activity, they suffer or are harmed because of it. They promised that the interests of farmers wouldn't be sacrificed on the altar of free trade. Let us hope that these children's education will not be sacrificed on the altar of social experimentation. Note: You can also say that someone or something is a sacrifice on the altar of a particular thing. He was just another sacrifice on the altar of celebrity. Note: An altar was a large stone on which animals were killed during the worship of a god or goddess in former times. The killing of an animal in this way was called a sacrifice.
See also: altar, of, on, sacrifice, something

bow to the porcelain altar

in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. (The porcelain altar is the toilet bowl.) He spent the whole night bowing to the porcelain altar.
See also: altar, bow, porcelain
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Ante expresiones culturales como los altares de muertos, las calaveras de azucar y las calaveras poeticas, Escarpit ofrece interpretaciones que los propios mexicanos hemos escuchado hasta la saciedad: que la muerte en Mexico tiene "la angustiosa proximidad de las cosas cotidianas" y que para "un pueblo que nunca ha trazado una frontera muy clara entre la vida y la muerte, no hay mas que un paso de la risa a la violencia" (75).
The Altares area could be a major gas production area for Enterra as it has been for many of the major oil and gas companies.
Los altares en forma de lingote chipriota de los santuarios de Cancho Roano.
The most significant operations in the third quarter were the drilling of a discovery well in the Altares area of northeast B.
Several transactions are underway in the Parkland, Altares and Umbach areas which include continuations and a completion of an existing well bore.
The completion has commenced on the Company's first well in the Altares area of northeastern B.
In British Columbia, the main operated areas are Altares, Umbach and Parkland, all of which are considered to be potential high impact areas.
We will continue to balance low-risk drilling projects like Superb, which add cash flow and reserves, with high-impact prospects such as Altares, which have the potential to double the Company's production.
Although Canadian Superior continues to be active in Altares and the Parkland area of NEBC, and the Venus, Botha and Chinchaga areas of Northern Alberta, these areas have been re-evaluated over the last two quarters of 2004 and the Corporation has at this time shifted its emphasis to the core areas in Alberta, Offshore Nova Scotia and Offshore Trinidad.
During the first nine months of 2004, our management and professional staff have worked very hard to deliver shareholders a growth strategy based on our continued development of solid Western Canadian cash flow and production focusing on our Drumheller area and several high impact opportunities we have in Western Canada at East Ladyfern, Windfall, Altares and Umbach, not to mention our recent success with our Coal Bed Methane ("CBM") production.
In addition to the Altares Project which has the potential to double the Company's gas production and reserves, the Company has never had stronger drilling, development and optimization opportunities.
Canadian Superior also continues to be active in Altares and the Parkland area of NEBC, and the Venus, Botha and Chinchaga areas of Northern Alberta.
NASDAQ: WLKS) (CDNX: WLX) announced today that it has received promising results from its Altares Project in Northeast British Columbia.
In British Columbia, the main operated areas are Umbach, Altares and Parkland, all of which are considered to be potential high impact areas.