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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

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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Please, our Father God of Mercy, have mercy upon our generation that is weak, and remove this difficult test from these people, these immoral antagonists that by their doing will multiply, God forbid, the excruciating tests and the sight of the impurity and immorality that is growing in the world.
He added, "Whenever Islam, God forbid, ever gets a majority in the United States .
Isn't it interesting-as Ross Perot used to say-how many GOP conservatives are rediscovering the virtues of international diplomacy, mediation, even, God forbid, the United Nations?
Just bury us under an avalanche of rules and regulations because, God forbid, we have dared to call ourselves a "Nursing Home," which has become a bad name.
So that God forbid, at the end of the milking, the cow kicks the bucket of milk", Geroski writes.
God forbid that we leave behind only air, and God forbid that we leave behind our mess and filth.
He warned the government , in a press statement published in the media later today, of not to deal seriously with the committee, the fact that the patience of the demonstrators had been carried out, which means they are ready to resort to other options that might enter Iraq in a spiral of bloodshed , God forbid.
If, God forbid, we were ever not to be together, I respect him so much as the father of my children.
Is Debbie Savage really saying that if, God forbid, one of her own family members was abducted she wouldn't get the most amount of money possible to help find him or her?
The licence fee is simply a tax and one which must be paid on threat of imprisonment, God forbid the 'top earners' are not kept in the manner to which they have become accustomed.
God forbid, in case of collision the air bag can inflate and hurl a standing child towards the person sitting in the front seat or to the back of the car which can cause severe injuries.
Remember Indira Gandhi and her son in India, the Kennedys in America, the Bush father and son - what a disaster there - and come the New Year, God forbid, the Clintons.
In the future we might have an English coach - God forbid.
I'msure most people seeing the TV reports, see not a cardiologist and a GP, but two broken-hearted parents, who, doubtless would be far more sympathetic and sensitive should - God forbid - David Banks ever make a decision with devastating consequences.