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God forfend

A phrase invoking God's protection to keep something from happening. Similar to the more common phrase "God forbid." God forfend I get another ticket on my parents' car. I'll be grounded for a month!
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Heaven forfend they might actually have to, y'know, PHONE someone, or worse, write a letter.
In the interests of research I hied (not hoyed, heaven forfend) myself round the Bigg Market.
Heaven forfend. I think, by now, we all know the dangers of both addictions, as well as the cost to the country.
Five years ago, when Southern Cross were floated on the stock market, their chief executive pledged the main aim would be, "driving value" for their shareholders - not, heaven forfend, driving up standards for those they were supposedly caring for.
But heaven forfend that any of that little lot has been used against innocent protesters.
And, heaven forfend, if he ever orders a bag of dry roasted nuts in the pub, I guarantee I'll head home with a pebble-dashed face.
Does anyone believe that if, heaven forfend, we vote to remain in the EU, Ms Sturgeon will never again attempt to gain independence for Scotland?
Heaven forfend the Queen might turn on the taps herself.
Pakistan has been mounting in recent months to forfend being added to a list of countries considered non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - a measure that may hurt its already dwindling economy.
This suggests the Supreme Leader cheerleaders are swinging into action on his behalf, because heaven forfend the club should actually issue a statement clarifying matters.
NEWSBOY'S 1-2-3 1 LOPE Y FERNANDEZ 2 PINATUBO 3 HEAVEN FORFEND LOPE Y FERNANDEZ has a first-rate chance of giving Aidan O'Brien a third juvenile success of the meeting - and a record fifth win in this race.
The calls would be relayed to crack warden teams around the country, who would arrive at the scene with haste and ensure the protection of a child's right to scribble on a pavement, ride their bike on a main road, or heaven forfend, blooter a size 5 Mitre off a lock-up door.
NEWBURY: 1.35 Biometric, 2.10 Habub, 2.45 Heaven Forfend, 3.20 Buckland Boy, 3.55 After John, 4.25 Arabist, 4.55 Kiefer, 5.30 Lacan.
Of course they may well fail to find a compromise and we may go back to indicative votes, perhaps even (Heavens forfend) another divisive referendum; but at least they are trying to work out a solution to this quagmire we have stumbled into.
In my game, if (heaven forfend) Ruto does eventually emerge victorious and succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta (2013 to present) as the next resident of State House, he may decide to continue channelling Moi, in which case his greatest supporters better have a plan B ready.