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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!
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.
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
However, the programme, in which the policies of export drawback and forbiddance of processing trade do not refer to the paper industry, is unable to improve the paper industry in short period as it expected long-term stable development.