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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
References in classic literature ?
You would forbid me to hope, monsieur; consequently you would not forbid me to die.
It is also absurd for those who promote a community of children to forbid those who love each other from indulging themselves in the last excesses of that passion, while they do not restrain them from the passion itself, or those intercourses which are of all things most improper, between a Father and a son, a brother and a brother, and indeed the thing itself is most absurd.
Only forbid a woman to do anything, and she does it directly--be cause you have forbidden her.
Grace raised a warning hand for the second time, and issued another command: "I forbid you to be seated in my presence.
I replied; and even if they are not, but only appear to be so to the person who is asked, ought he not to say what he thinks, whether you and I forbid him or not?
Nevertheless, I forbid you, I distinctly forbid your tampering with my ship.
JOSE Mourinho and Chelsea will test Manchester United's determination to keep Wayne Rooney before the transfer window closes because "nobody forbids you to try".
BOSS Jose Mourinho and Chelsea will test Manchester United's determination to retain striker Wayne Rooney before the transfer window closes because "nobody forbids you to try".
In fact, whoever enjoins good and forbids evil, invites to Allh The Almighty.
It is important for Catholics to remember that the fifth commandment forbids direct intentional killing as gravely sinful.
Cassie's stepfather takes Ian on as a student and that's how the two young people meet; however, the attraction they immediately feel for one another has to be beaten down and ignored because of Ian's upcoming competition and because the stepfather absolutely forbids their romance as a distraction Ian can't afford.
Since 1993, California law forbids health-insurance companies from offering partial coverage - that is, it forbids the companies to allow waivers or exclusions for care of pre-existing conditions.
A 13-year-old boy has been made the subject of an order which forbids him from behaving antisocially anywhere in England and Wales.
1988 Congress passes the Helms Amendment, which forbids federal funding for AIDS education that "promotes or encourages" homosexuality.
The IRS Code forbids tax-exempt, non-profit groups, including houses of worship, from intervening in political campaigns by endorsing candidates.