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God forbid!

 and Heaven forbid!
a phrase expressing the desire that God would forbid the situation that the speaker has just mentioned from ever happening. Tom: It looks like taxes are going up again. Bob: God forbid! Bob: Bill was in a car wreck. I hope he wasn't hurt! Sue: God forbid!
See also: god

God forbid

I hope it does not happen heaven forbid If, God forbid, anything should happen to him I might not want to stay here.
Usage notes: also used to suggest that someone would never do something: God forbid they should help someone who isn't paying them for help.
See also: forbid, god

heaven forbid

I hope it does not happen God forbid If he ever - heaven forbid - has to go through anything like that again, at least he'll know what to do.
Usage notes: also used to suggest that others oppose the reasonable thing being mentioned: It's OK to prevent tooth decay, but heaven forbid that we try to prevent people from becoming addicted to drugs.
See also: forbid, heaven

God forbid

Also, heaven forbid. May God prevent something from happening or being the case. For example, God forbid that they actually encounter a bear, or Heaven forbid that the tornado pulls off the roof. This term, in which heaven also stands for "God," does not necessarily imply a belief in God's direct intervention but merely expresses a strong wish. [c. 1225] For a synonym, see perish the thought.
See also: forbid, god
References in classic literature ?
Watson made up his mind that it was a form of gambling, forbade the game, and confiscated all the nibs in the boys' possession.
He was visibly affected in a way that forbade me to entertain a doubt of his sincerity.
She might recover from these horrors so far as to be restored to her former health, her tranquillity, her cheerfulness even - but never to those feelings which would appear to her, henceforth, as a fleeting fancy, a vain, illusive dream; especially as there was no one to remind her of my existence - no means of assuring her of my fervent constancy, now that we were so far apart, and delicacy forbade me to see her or to write to her, for months to come at least.
However, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed that decision in 1995, saying that the First Amendment forbade government from forcing the veterans to give a place to the gay/lesbian marchers (Hurley v.
In the 1985 court case in Toronto, the judge forbade one of three accused to use the term "abortuary" as inflammatory and not in the dictionary.
Midway into the NIH investigation, the agency forbade Gallo from further collaborations with Zagury.
On August 3, 2001, the Finnish Competition Authority approved the transaction on certain conditions, but on December 20, 2001, the Competition Council forbade it.
The Census Bureau said the problems that occurred in 1990 might get worse if Congress, as it has threatened, forbade the bureau to supplement its count with estimates based on samples of the population.
In its effort to implement Islamic law and to fight evil things, it is completely forbidden to sell cigarettes and nargileh anywhere," it said, citing the jihadists who also forbade "smoking in public".
King Zedekiah forbade discouraging talk about the city of Jerusalem under siege by the Babylonians, and we can be sure that Jesus' talk of destruction was forbidden by the chief priests and scribes.
Senate forbade the Defense Department from spending any portion of its $369 billion budget on the TIA program, despite a request from the Bush administration to keep development efforts intact.
The Davey case will be heard four decades after the Court forbade organized prayer and mandatory Bible reading in public schools, practices that had been widespread.