sacrifice (something) on the altar of

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sacrifice (something) on the altar of

To abandon something in exchange for something else (which is named after "of"). The phrase can, but does not have to, include a noun after "sacrifice." I know you want to help your family, but you can't sacrifice your happiness on the altar of servitude. It seems that the curriculum at this school has been sacrificed on the altar of profit.
See also: altar, of, on, sacrifice

sacrifice someone or something on the altar of

make someone or something suffer in the interests of someone or something else.
1994 Post (Denver) The cherished goal of a color-blind society…has been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
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Sound science education must not be sacrificed on the altar of religious zealotry.
One of our fundamental goals is to persuade people, especially surgeons, that help is at hand - genius need not be sacrificed on the altar of expediency.
If we don't succeed, access to treatment will be sacrificed on the altar of pharmaceutical company excess.
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