be sacrificed on the altar of (something)

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be sacrificed on the altar of (something)

To be abandoned in exchange for something the speaker considers inferior. It seems that the curriculum at this school has been sacrificed on the altar of profit. I know you want to help your family, but your happiness shouldn't be sacrificed on the altar of servitude.
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be sacrificed on the altar of something

If someone or something is sacrificed on the altar of a particular belief or activity, they suffer or are harmed because of it. They promised that the interests of farmers wouldn't be sacrificed on the altar of free trade. Let us hope that these children's education will not be sacrificed on the altar of social experimentation. Note: You can also say that someone or something is a sacrifice on the altar of a particular thing. He was just another sacrifice on the altar of celebrity. Note: An altar was a large stone on which animals were killed during the worship of a god or goddess in former times. The killing of an animal in this way was called a sacrifice.
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Efficiency has already been sacrificed on the altar of ineptitude.
This beautiful aircraft is a testament to British engineering and design and the fact it has been sacrificed on the altar of cost cuts is nothing short of a national disgrace.
In Baghdad, Bethlehem, and Rwanda, in Auschwitz, Coventry and Dresden, in San Salvador and Soweto, we know that the lives of the innocent have been sacrificed on the altar of one power or another.