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God forbid

A phrase invoking God's protection to keep something from happening. Sometimes used sarcastically or hyperbolically. God forbid I get another ticket on my parents' car. I'll be grounded for a month! God forbid that an R-rated film should have anything offensive in it!
See also: forbid, god

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 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

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

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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One of the greatest acts of obedience that brings one closer to Allh The Almighty during this month is receiving a reward from Allh The Almighty through enjoining good and forbidding evil.
Another commenter, posting under the name "a polemic reader," wrote: "Get free of the forbidding complex.
In this exciting conclusion to the High Druid of Shannara series, the tale of the rescue of Grianne Ohmsford from her imprisonment in the Forbidding, Pen Ohmsford is successful in finding his aunt Grianne, to transport them both back to the Shannara world, and to send a vicious demon who was intent on bringing down the barrier to the Forbidding back to the demonic world.
The law forbidding waivers and exclusions is tantamount to a forced sale of services.
Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought.
Apparently, King Zedekiah tried desperately to build morale during the siege by forbidding discouraging words.
The forbidding exterior shields an abstract representation of a secluded cloister, an oasis for quiet study.
But it's the same old story: PRRA proponents aren't satisfied with forbidding just their own children to read certain books in the school library; they demand that the books be removed from the library completely, forbidding them to all the children of the school.
It illustrates the significant drawbacks of a motivation test resting on an elusive, if not unreal, distinction allowing removal based on social, political, and moral grounds, but forbidding removal "imposing some religious or scientific orthodoxy" (Zykan v.
In April, Congress passed legislation forbidding the Fish and Wildlife Service from listing additional species as endangered or threatened until Sept.
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The rules forbidding monetary quotas were enacted to deter overzealous employees from abusing their authority in collecting taxes.
VENTURA- Citing a policy forbidding gang attire, Ventura County Fair officials barred Hells Angels spokesman George Christie from entering the grounds Saturday evening.