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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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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.
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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.
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.
Brown said he now realizes he should have abstained, although the district then had no policy forbidding his votes.
District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel stopped short of forbidding all restrictions on the export of codes that allow computer messages to be scrambled.
Nevertheless, the results are likely to add to the pressure for government regulations forbidding genetic discrimination.
In particular they said funding for the gang injunction program would allow them to obtain court orders forbidding gang activity in proscribed areas.