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a sacred cow

Something so special or respected that it is not be questioned or disparaged. The phrase refers to the veneration of the cow in Hinduism. If work is such a sacred cow for him, are you sure he's not an workaholic?
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sacred cow

Something that is considered above reproach or immune to negative criticism. (An allusion to cows' sacred status in the Hindu religion.) One thing you have to understand is that freedom of speech is one of the sacred cows of American culture and politics. The book has always been John's sacred cow—if you try to point out any of its flaws, he'll fly off on a tirade against you.
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sacred cow

Fig. something that is regarded by some people with such respect and veneration that they do not like it being criticized by anyone in any way. (From the fact that the cow is regarded as sacred in India and is not eaten or mistreated.) A university education is a sacred cow in the Smith family. Fred is regarded as a failure because he quit school at 16. Don't talk about eating meat to Pam. Vegetarianism is one of her sacred cows.
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sacred cow

A person or thing immune to criticism or questioning, as in The rules governing the press conference have become a sacred cow in this administration. This term alludes to the honored status of cows in Hinduism, where they are a symbol of God's generosity to humankind. It has been used figuratively since about 1900.
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a sacred cow

If you describe a belief, opinion, or tradition as a sacred cow, you mean that people are not willing to criticize or question it or to do anything to change it. That would have meant leaving the Exchange Rate Mechanism — and the ERM is the sacred cow of British politics. The trade unions were, perhaps, the greatest sacred cow in British politics during the 1960s and early 1970s. Note: This is often used in a disapproving way. Note: In the Hindu religion, cows are regarded as sacred.
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a sacred cow

an idea, custom, or institution held, especially unreasonably, to be above questioning or criticism.
Sacred cow originally referred to the veneration of the cow as a sacred animal in the Hindu religion.
1991 Here's Health The British diet remains a sacred cow.
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nothing is ˈsacred

often used by somebody to complain that people do not respect traditions, ideas, values, etc. as much as they should: For journalists these days nothing is sacred (= they will write about anything).
See also: nothing, sacred

a sacred ˈcow

(disapproving) a person, belief or institution that a group of people greatly respect and never criticize: The National Health Service is a political sacred cow. No one likes to criticize it.In the Hindu religion, cows are respected and never harmed.
See also: cow, sacred

magic mushrooms

and sacred mushrooms
n. mushrooms of the genus Psilocybe, which cause visions or hallucinations when eaten. (Drugs.) Magic mushrooms are okay because they are natural, or something like that. They sometimes call peyote cactus buds, the “sacred mushrooms.”
See also: magic, mushroom

sacred mushrooms

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sacred cow

Above criticism. Hindus regard bovines as revered creatures, not to be mistreated in any way. The English-speaking world began to apply this religious practice in the mid-19th century to any person or project (often political in nature) that, like Caesar's wife, should not be faulted.
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It comes from the Ayahuasca tradition whose historical roots date back at least to the Inca Indians, who used a sacredly prepared tea, ayahuasca to aid them in their spiritual life.
President Washington provided the answer, in the same address, in his exhortation "that the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained.
Whatever other state courts may do, the Supreme Court of Florida will guard and protect the constitutional rights, privileges, and immunities of the people, as sacredly as the federal courts.
But the Constitution, which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.
At its most fundamental, dark comedy (or black humor) is a genre of comic irreverence that attacks what are normally society's most sacredly serious subjects--especially death.
Murphy redirects us toward this truth while warning that our failure to do theology narratively, or to tell sacredly, is to withhold from people what they hunger for, and what would transform spiritual poverty into spiritual wealth.
so contrary to the genuine march of sentiment, as to require the overflowing of the soul to wait upon a ceremony" and "to blow a trumpet before" that which "is of all things most sacredly private.
While the rights of private property are sacredly guarded," wrote Jacksonian Chief Justice Roger Taney in 1837, "we must not forget that the community also has rights.
I respond to the editor's comment (October Record), "What happened to the sacredly held American belief in the separation of church and state?
versions, intertextually loose, without a sense of sin, of falling off from a sacredly original, true text
5) These objective personifications and embodiments pass upwards, through the chief, to be sacredly unified, and pass downwards to those who have just prestated them, to be decomposed as they are redistributed (Mosko 1992:701).
Israel Levinthal sees in the pulpit the most important work of the Jewish minister; and he takes his pulpit ministrations not only seriously but sacredly .
One is born with human rights, thus one is sacredly connected to all living things," writes Marjorie Agosin, the Chilean-American author and activist, in the preface to this bilingual collection of 80 poems celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
continuance of the blessings we have enjoyed, and which we are sacredly bound
Nor, equally important, does it mean we cannot teach values in public schools for fear of treading on someone else's sacredly held beliefs.