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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

verb
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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What they are doing is putting a figure on a horse's best performance, not attempting to ascribe some sacredly intrinsic rating that accurately reflects innate ability.
It is morally and aesthetically adamant, most of all because it is sacredly ontological.
This, although it is not clearly explained, will somehow sacredly make the Godfather more powerful and allow him to raise the corpses of the dead.
It is to be based on a farm of not less than two hundred acres, one hundred and fifty of them sacredly reserved for Agriculture; males and females to be equally employed as teachers and received as pupils; no distinctions of exclusions to be made on account of color; the school is to be managed by fifteen trustees, six of them appointed by the Committee on education of the National Council and nine chosen by the stockholders.
and the atmosphere was redolent with peace and happiness although so short a time had elapsed, the mother appeared like a very different woman; she had signed the pledge and most sacredly kept it (Augustus, 1972: 12).
PML-N chief said that we would have to keep country interests sacredly and personal interests could not be preferred by keeping country interests aside, warning, we would not allow the government to do so.
19) The stele is titled Gongyang Shijiarulai zhushi shiba zunzhe wubai da aluohan shenghao [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Offerings to the Sacredly Named Eighteen Luohans who Remain in the World [to Abide the Teaching] of the Sakyamuni Buddha and the Five Hundred Luohans).
The proposal stated that the Islamic Conference "believes that the attack on sacredly held beliefs and the defamation of religions, religious symbols, personalities and dogmas impinge on the enjoyment of human rights of followers of those religions.
posits "though there was a whirr and roar in the high air / there was a Voice louder // though its speech was lower than a whisper" and Ali answers "You are never going to know which night's mouth is sacredly reciting / and which night's recitation is secretly mere wind" (from The Walls Do Not Fall and "Ramadan" respectively).
From blood and organs to eggs, sperm, and parenthood, money is closely intertwined with numerous items, activities, and relationships that many contend should be impervious to, or even sacredly immune from, market forces.
That all their civil and religious liberties and privileges will be sacredly respected.
Sports, which we are repeatedly told represent a sacredly apolitical space, a place to flee the headaches of the real world, has now been thrust into the heart of a conflict raw with politics in a way we haven't seen in quite some time.
Like fleeting cherry blossoms, almost sacredly ephemeral, the transience of hevel inspires Kohelet's existential transformation.
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).