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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 to invoke (at least figuratively) a higher power to prevent something that one believes would be tragic if it were to happen. Often used sarcastically. If, heaven forbid, something were to happen to you, you would want to know that your family would be taken care of. Well, heaven forbid people in power actually listen to their constituents! Heaven forbid that poor family has to endure another tragedy.
See also: forbid, heaven

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.)
See also: forbid, god, heaven
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Most inconsistencies can be found within the privacy BFOQ exception, likely because popularly held privacy beliefs often conflict with Title VII's forbiddance of gender-based hiring.
Rather how hast thou yielded to transgress The strict forbiddance, how to violate The sacred fruit forbidden
240) Both decisions significantly reduce the role of the federal judiciary in determining the contours of the Eighth Amendment's forbiddance of grossly disproportionate sentences.
Russians, on the other hand, associate modesty with restriction and forbiddance and therefore are not positively influenced by this appeal.
71), this water also bespeaks a chilly sense of unfamiliarity, forbiddance, and danger.
Given the forbiddance of riba dealings with the Jews, had the said tenancy arrangement been a case of riba, there was no question of the Prophet (SAAWS) sanctioning it.
the forbiddance of the "Band," as the Horse Guards had laid it down, became a dead letter.
American colonists brought with them and promulgated their array of European penalties--imprisonment, banishment, mutilation, branding, flogging, and execution--despite the forbiddance of "cruel and unusual punishment" in the Constitution
In addition, the forbiddance for incumbents telecommunications companies in Argentina and Mexico to offer pay TV is a restraint, although it is expected that regulators remove this barrier.