far be it from me

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far be it from (one) to (do something)

It is not one's place to do or say some particular thing. The phrase is often used as an introduction before saying or doing that very thing. Far be it from me to tell you how much to work on this report, but do you really think it's thorough enough? I think we need to believe what Shirley's saying—far be it from her to lie. If they want to give me a raise for doing the same amount of work, then hey, far be it from me to deprive them of the opportunity.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

far be it from me (to do something)

it is not really my place to do something. (Always followed by but, as in the example.) Far be it from me to tell you what to do, but I think you should buy the book.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

far be it from me

People say far be it from me to disagree, criticize, etc. to say that what they say is not intended to disagree, criticize, etc. even though it may sound as if it is. Far be it from me to criticize, but shouldn't their mother take a share of the blame? Far be it from me to interfere in anyone's private life.
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