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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.
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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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A key move was extending the sacredness of conscience from religious belief to any seriously held conviction.
His valuable study succeeds in challenging the narrow framing that has dominated the American cultural-political landscape over the past 40 years: "If 'the sacredness of human life' is just a political slogan trotted out on convenient occasions but ignored the rest of the time--when lives other than those of embryos, unborn infants, and the elderly are at stake--then the concept has been corrupted beyond repair" (3).
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The Monarch also expressed the Kingdom's support to fight all forms of terrorism, which is prohibited by celestial religion, universal human values and democratic principles that all stress the sacredness of the right to life.
RAWALPINDI, January 02, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The sacredness of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is part of the faith of Muslims and Islam ordains its followers to respect all the prophets, said Pir Muhammad Naqib-ur-Rehman, custodian of Eidgah shrine, here on Sunday.
Because of the sacredness of the language to individual tribes, a nontribal member who speaks their language coming into their community is not acceptable because the sacredness is not the same and lost in translation.
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The words and images communicate themes that have been significant to Guion in the past decade: following one's life path, love, mystery, gratitude, sacredness and silence.
Although the sacredness of property is a valid argument against socialism, it has not had the same emotional impact as the claim that wealth must be redistributed to help the poor.
Sacredness does not seem to be thought of as naturally present (despite the plurality of religious buildings) among tower blocks, road networks, shopping malls.