far be it from me to (do something)

far be it from me to (do something)

It is not my place to do or say the particular thing stated after "to." The phrase, which is almost always followed by "but," is used as an introduction before saying or doing that very thing. Far be it from me to tell you how much to work on this report, but do you really think it's thorough enough?
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far be it from me (to do something)

it is not really my place to do something. (Always followed by but, as in the example.) Far be it from me to tell you what to do, but I think you should buy the book.
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far be it from me

People say far be it from me to disagree, criticize, etc. to say that what they say is not intended to disagree, criticize, etc. even though it may sound as if it is. Far be it from me to criticize, but shouldn't their mother take a share of the blame? Far be it from me to interfere in anyone's private life.
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far be it from (or for) me to

used to express reluctance, especially to do something which you think may be resented.
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far be it from me to do something, but...

(informal) used when you are just about to disagree with somebody or criticize them and you would like them to think that you do not really want to do this: Far be it from me to interfere, but don’t you think you’ve been arguing for long enough?
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far be it from (someone)

Used to deflect responsibility for making a statement that might not be received well: Far be it from me to criticize, but I find your handwriting to be very sloppy.
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