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God forbid

A phrase invoking God's protection to keep something from happening. Sometimes used sarcastically or hyperbolically. God forbid I get another ticket on my parents' car. I'll be grounded for a month! God forbid that an R-rated film should have anything offensive in it!
See also: forbid, god

heaven forbid

A phrase used when one does not want something to happen (hence invoking God's help). Often used sarcastically. Heaven forbid that poor family has to endure another tragedy. Well, heaven forbid people in power actually listen to their constituents!
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God forbid!

 and Heaven forbid!
a phrase expressing the desire that God would forbid the situation that the speaker has just mentioned from ever happening. Tom: It looks like taxes are going up again. Bob: God forbid! Bob: Bill was in a car wreck. I hope he wasn't hurt! Sue: God forbid!
See also: god

God forbid

Also, heaven forbid. May God prevent something from happening or being the case. For example, God forbid that they actually encounter a bear, or Heaven forbid that the tornado pulls off the roof. This term, in which heaven also stands for "God," does not necessarily imply a belief in God's direct intervention but merely expresses a strong wish. [c. 1225] For a synonym, see perish the thought.
See also: forbid, god

God/Heaven forˈbid (that...)

(also humorous or old use, less frequent Heaven forˈfend (that...)) (spoken) used to say that you hope that something will not happen: ‘Maybe you’ll end up as a lawyer, like me.’ ‘Heaven forbid!’(Some people find this use offensive.)
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Several of these Hadiths expressly forbid any depiction of the prophet in order to avoid idolatry - the worship of idols.
So, you should hasten to enjoin good and forbid evil during this blessed month, with wisdom and good preaching.
Second, I would forbid all fundraising outside of the district or state represented by the congressman or senator.
1143/1731) reacts strongly to the previous generation's "puritanical reformism" (the Qadizadeli movement) and he criticizes those who forbid wrong for their own ego-driven reasons.
A call to the Tobacco Control Hotline revealed that a bill currently before the City Council would forbid smoking in all commercial office buildings in New York City.
Private groups and individuals can, and regularly do, forbid speech.
The Constitution forbids government discrimination against any religious group.
Preempt all state laws that forbid or cripple deployment of Satellite Master Antenna Television services (SMATV, or private cable) or Shared Tenant Services (private telephone exchanges).
The effort to construct a photonic crystal, which treats photons or light waves in the same way that a semiconductor treats electrons, has moved from engineered structures that exclude microwave radiation of certain wavelengths to those that forbid the passage of infrared light.
EPA simultaneously released another draft document recommending that employers either forbid indoor smoking or provide "enclosed, separately ventilated smoking rooms.
Strict Muslim rules forbid the portrayal of the prophets such as Moses and Jesus.
State parks forbid collecting of rocks and minerals, ban shooting or hunting, and forbid grazing cattle.
To do this would be to forbid Defendants from doing what the SEC authorized them to do.
Sonera requests the Market Court to forbid the campaign due to its erroneous and misleading content.
Then they forbid you to cram a lot of people into one house.