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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

God/heaven forbid

Let it not happen, or let it not be true. This invocation of the almighty is very old indeed—it dates from the thirteenth century—but, belief in God and heaven no longer being universal, it is no longer used literally. Thus, in such uses as “God forbid that their plane crashes” or “‘Is Dad going hunting next weekend?’ ‘Heaven forbid, Mom’s baby is due then,’” no one is calling for a deity’s intervention. Also see perish the thought.
See also: forbid, god, heaven
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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The exploration of this theme provides the core of the work, through an examination of the scholastic traditions of Islam in which extended treatments of the notion of forbidding wrong are found.
311/923) gathered together the sayings of Ibn Hanbal on the topic of forbidding wrong.
These authors present the conditions and obligations for forbidding wrong in a somewhat systematic form, emphasizing the need for knowledge of the law, the knowledge of the fact of violation, and the persistence of the action, that forbidding wrong must not lead to a greater wrong, that it must be likely to succeed, and that it must not involve personal risk although even if it does, it would be permissible to proceed.
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], as a stream of Muslim intellectual thought, proclaimed as part of its "five principles" the forbidding of wrong and commanding of good.
The Imami [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] have, according to Cook, the "richest and most continuous documentation of the doctrine of forbidding evil of any sect or school" (p.
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References to Ghazzali abound throughout the preceding 425 pages and the reader is now rewarded with a detailed outline of the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] al-din's extensive and unparalleled treatment of forbidding wrong.
Before launching into the final section of the book dedicated to the transformations the modern period has wrought on the Muslim forbidding of wrong, Cook devotes an admirable chapter to summarizing the themes and concerns of the classical material.
While Cook indicates that Ibn Hazm treated the topic of forbidding wrong in both his Fisal and his Muhalla, he declares him to have had no lasting influence and thus, it would seem, not be appropriate for protracted analysis and only to be cited as an influence on the Maliki tradition.
Its external form, both forbidding and exhilarating in its enormous scale and Cartesian austerity, shields a rich and surprising interior.
Multidisciplinary practice does not necessarily imply large firms; an MDP can consist of just two people or, absent the rule forbidding the unauthorized practice of law, only one.
Forbidding MDPs eliminates a host of possible synergies that could bring immeasurable benefits to the marketplace, such as those between environmental lawyers and engineers, divorce lawyers and psychiatrists, criminal defense lawyers and detectives, or labor lawyers and personnel firms.