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sacrifice (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

1. To make a sacrificial offering of someone or something to some being, deity, or power. The tribe selects someone each year and sacrifices them to the gods. In burning our material possessions, we sacrifice that which binds us to the mortal world to the unknowable forces of eternity.
2. To give up, relinquish, or surrender someone or something in order to do something. He sacrificed a lot of career opportunities to follow his dream of moving to Japan. I sacrificed the best years of my life to raise you kids!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

sacrifice someone or something to someone or something

to make an offering of or give up someone or something to someone or some power. The high priest prepared to sacrifice the prisoner to the gods. I sacrificed a lot of money to a fancy lifestyle.
See also: sacrifice, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(1) In these chapters the ritual practices inherited by the Qin are criticized in favor of a sacrifice to Heaven: "En fait, le sacrifice jiao adresse au Ciel est le rite le plus important au regard des regles redigees par les saints d'autrefois.
Jephthah's Daughter: A Lament is a ceremony which offers an opportunity to grieve the sacrifice of Jephthah's daughter, and to ponder the meaning of her sacrifice to us today.
The Creator of life allowed the sacrifice of his only son, Christ, as a final sacrifice to eliminate all other human sacrifice.
Golden argues instead for another kind of sacrifice, whose qualities are much closer to the ancient, pre-Christian concept, which had nothing to do with suffering, but rather indicated "an expansive, empowering, collective action." She wants to reorient our notions and experiences of female sacrifice to refer to a way of being in the world "that balances autonomous individuality with the awareness that our own welfare can flow from the well-being of others."
Papers by Barnes and Grzimek move from locally derived sacrifice to contemporary forms expressed through the adoption of Christianity.
But what worker or manager will sacrifice to make a company successful ten years from now if he or she knows that there is a high probability that they will not be around in ten years?
What are you willing to sacrifice to pursue your dreams?
The sacrifice of various animals is symbolic of bowing before the will of Almighty Allah and signifies that we the Muslims are ready to offer any sacrifice to please Him.
In 2007, the Temple Mount Faithful and the Sanhedrin rabbis purchased a herd of sheep and petitioned the Supreme Court to allow a Pesach sacrifice to be offered on the Temple Mount.
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He instituted the Sacrifice of the Mass, which contains the Sacrament of The Eucharist so that thereafter we could continue to receive the benefits of His Supreme Sacrifice to the end of time.
The brahman priest's relationship to brahman is laid out in terms of eating, so that the ida or sacrificial meal is seen as a vestige of the way of transferring the violence of the sacrifice to contending sacrificers.
Increasingly the church is teaching that because sacrifice acceptable to God must be voluntary, the only suffering appropriate for sacrifice to God is that which is either unavoidable--as in the chronic, untreatable pain of the seriously ill or aged--or necessary in order to secure some greater good--as the pain of childbirth or the suffering encountered in working for racial justice in a racist society.
32), the principal act of the virtue of religion is devotion, which moves us to pray, adore and make sacrifice to God.