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a sacred cow

Someone or something that is considered to have a status that allows it avoid any criticism or questioning. The phrase refers to the veneration of the cow in Hinduism. Unfortunately, that particular program is a sacred cow, and everyone loses their minds if you try to cut its funding. Why is he such a sacred cow around here? He's just a football coach.
See also: cow, sacred

sacred cow

Something that is considered above reproach or immune to negative criticism. (An allusion to cows' sacred status in the Hindu religion.) One thing you have to understand is that freedom of speech is one of the sacred cows of American culture and politics. The book has always been John's sacred cow—if you try to point out any of its flaws, he'll fly off on a tirade against you.
See also: cow, sacred

is nothing sacred?

A set question used to bemoan a real or perceived lack of respect for something or some topic. These tabloids have been publishing the most disgusting lies us following the death of our son. Is nothing sacred?
See also: nothing

nothing is sacred

A set phrase used to bemoan a real or perceived lack of respect for something or some topic. You should know by now that nothing is sacred for these tabloids. I'm not opposed to being a progressive society, but for kids these days it seems like nothing is sacred!
See also: nothing, sacred

sacred cow

Fig. something that is regarded by some people with such respect and veneration that they do not like it being criticized by anyone in any way. (From the fact that the cow is regarded as sacred in India and is not eaten or mistreated.) A university education is a sacred cow in the Smith family. Fred is regarded as a failure because he quit school at 16. Don't talk about eating meat to Pam. Vegetarianism is one of her sacred cows.
See also: cow, sacred

sacred cow

A person or thing immune to criticism or questioning, as in The rules governing the press conference have become a sacred cow in this administration. This term alludes to the honored status of cows in Hinduism, where they are a symbol of God's generosity to humankind. It has been used figuratively since about 1900.
See also: cow, sacred

a sacred cow

If you describe a belief, opinion, or tradition as a sacred cow, you mean that people are not willing to criticize or question it or to do anything to change it. That would have meant leaving the Exchange Rate Mechanism — and the ERM is the sacred cow of British politics. The trade unions were, perhaps, the greatest sacred cow in British politics during the 1960s and early 1970s. Note: This is often used in a disapproving way. Note: In the Hindu religion, cows are regarded as sacred.
See also: cow, sacred

a sacred cow

an idea, custom, or institution held, especially unreasonably, to be above questioning or criticism.
Sacred cow originally referred to the veneration of the cow as a sacred animal in the Hindu religion.
1991 Here's Health The British diet remains a sacred cow.
See also: cow, sacred

nothing is ˈsacred

often used by somebody to complain that people do not respect traditions, ideas, values, etc. as much as they should: For journalists these days nothing is sacred (= they will write about anything).
See also: nothing, sacred

a sacred ˈcow

(disapproving) a person, belief or institution that a group of people greatly respect and never criticize: The National Health Service is a political sacred cow. No one likes to criticize it.In the Hindu religion, cows are respected and never harmed.
See also: cow, sacred

magic mushrooms

and sacred mushrooms
n. mushrooms of the genus Psilocybe, which cause visions or hallucinations when eaten. (Drugs.) Magic mushrooms are okay because they are natural, or something like that. They sometimes call peyote cactus buds, the “sacred mushrooms.”
See also: magic, mushroom

sacred mushrooms

See also: mushroom, sacred

sacred cow

Above criticism. Hindus regard bovines as revered creatures, not to be mistreated in any way. The English-speaking world began to apply this religious practice in the mid-19th century to any person or project (often political in nature) that, like Caesar's wife, should not be faulted.
See also: cow, sacred
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Although family past and memories are sacredly kept in the photo-album, when Lore is made to embark with her siblings on the journey to Hamburg, Seiffert distances her character from the past by making it almost impossible for Lore to recognize her father in the photographs.
Their content is performed largely uncontested: Marchen by virtue of it being understood as fiction (and thus to contest its veracity is redundant), and myth by virtue of it being understood as sacredly true (and thus to contest its veracity is anathema).
So I wouldn't be surprised if the new 'foreign diplomat' is a member of the Christofias team, which is sacredly adhering to the embargo.
Now, I believe it is woman's right to have a voice in all the laws and regulations by which she is to be governed, whether in Church or State; and that the present arrangements of society, on these points, are a violation of human rights, a rank usurpation of power, a violent seizure and confiscation of what is sacredly and inalienably hers--thus inflicting upon woman outrageous wrongs, working mischief incalculable in the social circle, and in its influence on the world producing only evil, and that continually.
character" or legitimacy, contrasting the United States with Britain (which didn't have much character, in his opinion) and observing that "the obligations of policy, humanity, and justice, together with that respect every nation sacredly owes its own reputation, unite in requiring a noble, liberal, and disinterested administration of Indian affairs.
I didn't want my lasting impression of something so sacredly retro to be tainted by a cheap attempt to cash in some 20 years later.
A second rationale is that a woman should not use her body as a sexual weapon to influence men; rather, a woman's sexuality is a divine gift to be sacredly shared only with her husband.
Rather, I believe that this aspect of "Chosen" is about diaspora: one need not be in a sacredly charged place in order to experience the sacred.
It would have to be done sacredly, solemnly, ritually, symbolically, and in all reality, in a publicly decorous language and gesture and posture.
Indeed, with issues as varied as a Muslim student demanding the University of Guelph have women-only times at their gym, to the removal of pork and the addition of special prayer times during the annual "sugar shack" festivities in Quebec, it seems nothing is sacredly Canadian.
More than that, this book will encourage much-needed dialogue among the faithful of how to regain a prophetic voice that treats the needs of people as sacredly as we do our altars.
It is nothing less than to reinterpret the perennial philosophy of mysticism in twenty-first-century terms, to bear witness to the fact that mysticism is not what the dictionary says it is, something related to a sacredly obscure attempt to achieve elevated religious feeling or ecstasy, but a philosophy that sets out to comprehend and explain the nature of reality as it relates to man.
Nonetheless, it's clear that cultural institutions, collectors, and an entire category of scholarly, dedicated professionals cannot be held hostage to the misguided conviction that artistic and cultural patrimony is sacredly site-specific.
If they are not sacredly reserved to the people, what security will there be, in case the government should have in their heads a predilection for any one sect in religion?
is a course hardly reconcilable with reason, with morality, or even with the very neutrality which ought, as we all agree, to be sacredly preserved.