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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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Concurs Marsh: "I, too, swear by the humble handkerchief: heaven forfend that I ever contemplate the usage of another.
At the first sign of nay-saying, a difference of opinion, or -- heaven forfend -- conflict, the former tend to go all quivery, gaze at the proceedings with the sad eyes of the disappointed harbinger of peace and "affirm" both sides.
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 that you "topped" their laugh, scripted or otherwise.
Last year's four-hour meeting about Lindley Moor got rather ragged, particularly in the last hour with residents angrily denouncing Kirklees officers, councillors and - Heaven forfend - even this humble columnist.
HEAVEN forfend that anyone could fail to recognise the egocentricity of the ECHO's contributor Pete Price.
As it is, children might like to grapple with this philosophical poser in the classroom or - heaven forfend - at home, in a conversation with their parents.
Those of us still standing and conscious are pilloried by the increasingly Granny State for being lumps of lard, indecent imbibers or - heaven forfend - smokers of the pernicious weed as floods and bombs keep us on our toes, or rather off them, so to speak.
Meanwhile their oldest son, the next to be monarch to these subjects, is getting away from it all: taking a lavish yachting freebie, courtesy of a Greek shipowner (Heaven forfend that Charles should put his hand into the wad of millions that lie in his own pocket) - and in the process thumbing his nose at us.
ONE thought does occur, however: Would it be entirely in the advertiser's interests if the name of his product were to be sported by a rider whose horse has finished down the field, or by one who, heaven forfend, but these things do happen now and then particularly in steeplechases, if the jockey in question were to wind up on his or her, not to put too fine a point on it, arse?
If, Heaven forfend, a pane of glass fell out of Boston's John Hancock Building and disposed of Peter Lynch, the legendarily astute manager of Fidelity Investment's $9.
Selling Santon, for example, was good business for the CLUB, not for the team, or the head coach, or - heaven forfend - the supporter's aspirations, just the balance sheets.
Heaven forfend - real people might ask him an awkward question or two.
Unless, and I paraphrase and exaggerate a little, Clegg devotes himself 100% then the country will perish and he'll drag down the Conservatives and then, heaven forfend, Labour might be in charge.