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heaven forbid

A phrase used when one does not want something to happen (hence invoking God's help). Often used sarcastically. Heaven forbid that poor family has to endure another tragedy. Well, heaven forbid people in power actually listen to their constituents!
See also: forbid, heaven

God/Heaven forˈbid (that...)

(also humorous or old use, less frequent Heaven forˈfend (that...)) (spoken) used to say that you hope that something will not happen: ‘Maybe you’ll end up as a lawyer, like me.’ ‘Heaven forbid!’(Some people find this use offensive.)
See also: forbid, god, heaven
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In which case, heaven forbid that Mr Hain should ever be granted stewardship over any part of our lives ever again.
Heaven forbid that the people of Wales actually make up their own minds about what happens in their own country.
But heaven forbid members of the general public who, if caught, would have felt the full force of the smoking gestapo police.
Heaven forbid that Wigan, as one of the league's 'glamour' clubs, were given preferential treatment.
If we can't bear witness to enough costly messages they approve and pay for, we could very well forget they exist or, heaven forbid, resent them for forcing us to read their position papers.
Like other speakers, Brownback decried excessive government spending, but didn't utter the words "Iraq," "earmark," "lobbyist" "cronyism," "corruption," or, heaven forbid, "Delay" "Abramoff," "Ney" "Burns" or "Halliburton" Nor did any of them take responsibility for said spending, despite the fact that they legislated it.
To have a shop like this may encourage a certain type of person into the area that may cause future distress to vulnerable and innocent people and, heaven forbid, children.
If the Government wants to do something really useful, why not ban these devices from being taken on holiday and force people to look instead at the sea, sky, landscape and even - heaven forbid - talk to their families.
Worse, if they dare to question the fairness of this or, heaven forbid, ask for a rebate of their public school taxes for the years their children attend private school, they are called mean-spirited, greedy, and selfish by public school parents who drive Hummers and live in million-dollar homes.
Or, Heaven forbid, if it happens against England any time in the next four weeks.
Hence the official inspection: heaven forbid that the feds hand out a whopping $500 without following the proper channels--it wouldn't want to get mired in HotAirScam.
As an increasing number of Guard and Reserve units are sent to Iraq, state governments are left with critical shortfalls to deal with natural disasters--such as the recent bout of hurricanes--or, heaven forbid, future terrorist attacks on our soil.
so all the more reason to really take advantage of the coming months as we move towards the autumn and, heaven forbid, into winter.
A weekend's golf - or, heaven forbid, a carefully wrought assignation - goes down the tube with a request you be in Munich on Sunday.