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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!
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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.
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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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So, you should hasten to enjoin good and forbid evil during this blessed month, with wisdom and good preaching.
The law that forbids waivers or exclusions means that many Californians cannot receive care for acute health emergencies.
This is a sensible rule, but it has been extended improperly by another rule: imputed disqualification, which forbids one firm from representing two clients with adverse unrelated interests even if the work is performed by two different attorneys.
Brennan says the First Amendment forbids orthodoxy, but he also says that schools have a duty to "inculcate fundamental values" (Board of Education v.
Since current law (PL 100-647, section 6231, 11/10/88) forbids the use of collections performance or monetary quotas in evaluating IRS personnel, congressional action will be required to change the status quo.
Lisbon -- Current legislation in Portugal forbids abortion except in cases of rape, or to protect the life or health of a woman.
A new law is passed in Parliament that forbids the Quakers from meeting at all, and when they continue to meet for worship, they are arrested and imprisoned.
Trustees adopted a new dress code policy in March 2004, which forbids baring bellybuttons and exposing underwear, among other things.
The practice, the judges said, violates the provision of the First Amendment that forbids government promotion of religion.
And, clearly, any law which forbids "interference" with a parent's complete control of a child's medical care and "religious instruction" will preclude any intervention when parents choose to withhold appropriate medical treatment or to apply "treatment methods" which themselves cause injury or death.
Repeal the federal law that forbids phone companies from providing video services.
If passed, it would repeal the exemption to the Toxic Substances Control Act that forbids EPA from issuing any regulations involving tobacco.
Catholic Church teaching forbids heterologous IVF because it is contrary to the unity of marriage, to the dignity of the spouses, to the vocation of the parents, and to the child's right to be conceived and brought into the world in marriage and from marriage.
Antelope Valley Union High School District trustees passed a revised dress code that forbids exposed underwear or midriffs, allows only school hats (brims must be worn forward) and prohibits any body piercing that presents a safety issue or ``major distraction.