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

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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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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 one to

One will not do or say something. This disclaimer may be true or false, depending on the speaker or the context. For example, Far be it from him to disagree may be used as a straightforward indication that he is unlikely to disagree, or it may be used ironically to indicate that he actually disagrees quite strongly. [Late 1300s] For a phrase used similarly, see god forbid.
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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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far be it from (or for) me to

used to express reluctance, especially to do something which you think may be resented.
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far be it from me to do something, but...

(informal) used when you are just about to disagree with somebody or criticize them and you would like them to think that you do not really want to do this: Far be it from me to interfere, but don’t you think you’ve been arguing for long enough?
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far be it from (someone)

Used to deflect responsibility for making a statement that might not be received well: Far be it from me to criticize, but I find your handwriting to be very sloppy.
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far be it for/from me to...

A disclaimer, often quite false. This expression, which basically means “I would not dream of doing/saying [something] when in truth I really would,” dates from the fourteenth century and has been a cliché for at least two hundred years. The earliest record is in John Wycliffe’s translation of Genesis (44:17): “Josephe answerede, Fer be it fro me, that Y thus do”; the King James Version has it “God forbid that I should do so.”
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