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heaven forbid

A phrase used to invoke (at least figuratively) a higher power to prevent something that one believes would be tragic if it were to happen. Often used sarcastically. If, heaven forbid, something were to happen to you, you would want to know that your family would be taken care of. Well, heaven forbid people in power actually listen to their constituents! Heaven forbid that poor family has to endure another tragedy.
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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Games are now 'clashes' with players 'facing-off' against each other to try and 'topple' their respective teams from the league's 'summit' - or, heaven forbid, 'lift themselves from the drop-zone.
In this case, however," the rabbis wrote, "where the chance exists that the [enemy] will abuse the dead and will vandalize their graves, in the event that the plan is implemented and the graves are left alone, Heaven forbid - it is clear and simple that it would be a matter of respect for the dead to take them to another place where they may rest in peace, and will not be given to abuse, Heaven forbid.
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.
Heaven forbid the board has to think about a hiccup on that.
In one scenario considered, the disease spreads via the muddy boots of an ecotourist or, heaven forbid, a herpetologist.
If I talked about the importance of strategic messages, integrated links, or - heaven forbid - the active voice, most people in attendance would nod their heads and issue a polite yet dubious look that said, "You poor, passe dweeb.
If, heaven forbid, either one of us winds up in the hospital, we have prepared papers that explicitly indicate to whom decision-making power is to be granted and to whom it is not.
Or, heaven forbid, what if your employer goes belly up?
I don't hear many people discussing what sustainable banana production really means, much less calling for a coffee boycott, or, heaven forbid, a moratorium on chocolate.
According to TTAC's description, it's an "ugly, gangly, underpowered, mud-aversive half-breed" that "staggers into the light, turning all who see it-- or heaven forbid buy it-- into grotesque, bobble-headed morons.
Heaven forbid we get another Piper Alpha - I am not sure how that is going to be covered.
They might be on big bucks but heaven forbid the buck stops with them.