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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!
See also: altar, lead

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.
See also: altar, bow, porcelain

be sacrificed on the altar of (something)

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

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

sacrifice someone or something on the altar of

make someone or something suffer in the interests of someone or something else.
1994 Post (Denver) The cherished goal of a color-blind society…has been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.

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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Construidos con objetos que fueron deseados, comprados y tirados, los altares se vinculan con la tradicion popular del comercio ambulante y los altares privados, a traves de saturaciones objetuales rodeadas o intervenidas con luces intermitentes de diferentes colores.
Los altares estan localizados en la frontera entre la paralisis, el miedo y el estupor que la muerte produce y la necesidad de hacer algo, que en todos los casos tiene una connotacion claramente politica.
Igualmente cuando en los anos cincuenta se actuo sobre la antigua cantera romana de Saint-Beat aparecieron in situ gran cantidad de altares dedicados a Erriapo; los pocos altares hallados en otros lugares, no muy alejados, deben ser explicados como desplazamientos de epoca moderna.
Os altares encontrados no seu interior representariam os locais de devocao, onde deveriam ser colocados os orixas para serem cultuados bem como para o deposito das oferendas.
Se trata del juego con fuerte carga ritual, magica y simbolica con respuestas divinas de caracter adivinatorio, que por su sentido fantastico inspiran composiciones literarias, musicales o plasticas como las que esta pintora desarrolla con pasion en ofrendas, estelas, altares, conjuros, a saber, Ibal're, Canal than, Wayeb, Wo, Secreto de piedra y otras obras deliciosamente hibridas, sentidas y sonadas, mas que racionalizadas.
Copan Ruinas se diferencia de ollas ciudades del Mundo Maya, que integran Belice, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Mexico, porque posee una impresionante escalinata de jeroglificos, piramides, estelas con finos decorados y altares, entre otros motivos.
Practicamente todas las grandes religiones utilizan velas para decorar sus altares y lugares santos porque el deseo de tener luz cerca de algo que se ama o se le reverencia esta muy arraigado en la psique humana.
El autor muestra, dentro de un orden sistematico impecable, los cimientos biblicos y patristicos implicitos en el Ritual de la dedicacion de iglesias y altares en su edicion tipica de 1977.
El rostro del joven poeta se vera rodeado de ceniza, de rabos cortados de mala manera, de cuernos arrancados de prisa, de cerdas quemadas de cualquier modo, de altares tajados y de escapularios escupidos.
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.
En la sierra y la Meseta, aunque no se acostumbra velar en todas las casas, si se hacen los altares familiares, donde se coloca todo lo que gustaba a los ahora difuntos.
La reflexion social y el dialogo entre el arte contemporaneo y el prehispanico son los retos que la artista Betsabee Romero enfrenta con la muestra Idolos frente a los altares en el Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli.
Encabezo la Iglesia catolica entre 1963 y 1978, y el proceso para llevarlo a los altares se inicio en 1993, quince anos despues de su muerte.
El libro actual es la actualizacion de dicha obra, que incluye a todos los que han sido elevados a los altares, los ultimos el pasado 13 de octubre en Tarragona.
San Pedro fue el primer Papa en subir a los altares, pero los 34 papas que le siguieron tambien fueron canonizados