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holy of holies

A sacred or special place. Although used more generally today, the phrase originally described the sanctuary of the tabernacle in the Temple of Jerusalem where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. When it comes to college basketball, this is sacred ground—the holy of holies.
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holy of holies

A place of awe or sacredness, as in The corporate board room is the holy of holies here. This expression is a translation of the Hebrew term for the sanctuary inside the tabernacle of the Temple of Jerusalem, where the sacred Ark of the Covenant was kept (Exodus 26:34). Its figurative use dates from the second half of the 1800s.
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the holy of holies

If you describe something, especially a place, as the holy of holies, you mean that people think it is the most special or important thing of its kind. Last year, his work was performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, the holy of holies in the contemporary British music scene. Note: In a Jewish synagogue, the holy of holies is the inner room which only the chief rabbi may enter.
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holy of holies

a place or thing regarded as sacrosanct.
The reference here is to the Hebrew phrase for the inner chamber of the sanctuary in the Jewish Temple at Jerusalem, separated by a veil from the outer chamber.
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ˌholy of ˈholies

(humorous) a special place which only particular people can enter: This room is the holy of holies. It contains the most valuable books in the world.The boss invited me into his holy of holies this morning. What a fantastic office he’s got!
In a Jewish temple, the holy of holies is the inner part, which only the chief priest can enter.
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In the face of the challenges of daily life, this "temple" and its "Holy of Holies" are also desecrated.
Bakhtin's metaphor is significant because it implies that every individual has his or her own holy of holies which, presumably, contains his or her own individual "word." The polyphonic novel is thus one in which the divine-authorial word is no longer hidden behind a curtain but is instead one of many words circulating in a "great dialogue."
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This paper proposes that by then the Ark was no longer in the Holy of Holies and had previously been removed or destroyed.
Within the temple there were 10 degrees of holiness, with the Holy of Holies being holiest of all.
It had a sacramental and totemic significance for the Jews and was eventually housed in the Holy of Holies of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.
And speaking of environmental regulation, how did the ANWR region become the holy of holies? If energy independence is truly a priority, why has Congress said nothing about the massive 200 billion barrel oil field stretching into North Dakota?
Somehow he got it upgraded with the coveted 'yellow spot' that permits access to the holy of holies that is the parade ring' then spent his afternoon rubbing shoulders with such titans of the turf as Magnier, Tabor, Smith, Fabre and Take.
Instead, the Holy of Holies drops unannounced into Joan's day dressed up as a cute boy, a cafeteria worker in a hairnet, a toddler on the playground.
For Origen and other ancient thinkers, these texts corresponded to ethics, which purifies, physics, which sends us beyond the sensory, and theology, "which leads us to union with God." Song of Songs, in other words, was literally the "holy of holies" in the reader's guide to spiritual progress.
IN the secular world that we inhabit, the Assembly's Business Committee is perhaps the closest we come to a holy of holies.
You will be invited into the holy of holies, the handover room, another plush designer space not unlike a private chapel.
During her prosperous 22-year reign, she built Djeser-Djeseru ("Holy of Holies"), a mortuary temple that was architecturally ahead of its time.
The Lothian and Borders Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Club are holding an autojumble in the town's Drill Hall from 10.30 and it's pounds 2 an adult for entry into the holy of holies.
This past summer, his Siegmund at the Bayreuth Festival, the Wagnerian holy of holies, deservedly won extravagant praise.