a sacred cow

a sacred cow

a belief or system that is treated with much respect and is not usually criticized The British legal system remains a sacred cow, despite increasing evidence that serious mistakes have been made.
See also: cow, sacred
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This is 2011, not 1911; no one should try to become a sacred cow, nor will I let anyone become a sacred cow, to subvert the Constitution, or to play tricks on the judiciary and media," The News quoted Nawaz, as saying while addressing a condolence reference organised by the South Asian Free Media Association for slain Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad.
Shortly after Zine called the commission a sacred cow worth corralling, commission President Cynthia Ruiz paid him a visit to reiterate the commission's role in providing an unbiased eye over contracts worth a half-billion dollars.
HUNDREDS of Hindus staged a protest outside RSPCA headquarters yesterday over the animal charity's slaughter of a sacred cow.
THE RSPCA was yesterday accused of secretly killing a sacred cow at one of Britain's most prominent Hindu temples.
One of the latest additions to the "entitlement" package, supposedly a sacred cow beyond the reach of legislators, was put there not long ago by those very congressmen: the new Medicare drug benefit.
It's always fun to watch a sacred cow get barbecued, especially when it's the FBI.
Bastos Marques seems reluctant to sell CSN's stake in CVRD, which has become something of a sacred cow.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), once a sacred cow, is now under intense scrutiny.
Bartimole says Gateway, in particular, has been a sacred cow to the Plain Dealer.
It's not a sacred cow, but we're doing as much as possible to get the original flavor," she said.
To be fair, Pepper has supported senior citizens throughout his career: the first bill he sponsored as a young Florida state legislator exempted the elderly from a fishing license fee, and Pepper championed the fledgling Social Security program in the late 1930s, before it became a sacred cow.