sacrifice (something) on the altar of (something)

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sacrifice (something) on the altar of (something)

To abandon something in exchange for something else (which is stated after "of"). 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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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.