sacrifice (something) on the altar of (something)

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sacrifice (something) on the altar of (something)

To abandon something in exchange for something else (which is stated after "of"). I know you want to help your family, but you can't sacrifice your happiness on the altar of servitude. It seems that the curriculum at this school has been sacrificed on the altar of profit.
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sacrifice someone or something on the altar of

make someone or something suffer in the interests of someone or something else.
1994 Post (Denver) The cherished goal of a color-blind society…has been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
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Efficiency has already been sacrificed on the altar of ineptitude.
Hassan Zubier, a British paramedic who was himself stabbed when he went to the aid of a dying woman also stabbed in a terrorist attack in Finland Generations of children have been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.
DJ Radford from Barry asks whether I am missing something here (Ordinary people are being sacrificed on the altar of the global economy, You Say, April 24).
They were sacrificed on the altar of the vaunting political ambition of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Krupp is sacrificed on the Altar of Astronomy at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
During the Tory years, thousands of hospital cleaners were sacrificed on the altar of profit and privatisation.
"Sound science education must not be sacrificed on the altar of religious zealotry."
PAM has been ritually sacrificed on the altar of public opinion, but it will take a lot more to stamp out the free-market heresy currently entrancing America's political Magi.
What I told them was that in spite of claims to openness and commitment to standards, true standardization has been sacrificed on the altar of product differentiation.
In Baghdad, Bethlehem, and Rwanda, in Auschwitz, Coventry and Dresden, in San Salvador and Soweto, we know that the lives of the innocent have been sacrificed on the altar of one power or another.
The spokesperson of the clerics, Reverend Segun Ogungboye, who said that zoning arrangement in politics is good for power balancing, added, however, that experience among other qualities should not be sacrificed on the altar of zoning.
'That four years of legislative experience gained and garnished by Prince Popoola should not be sacrificed on the altar of zoning
The vast majority are probably from working class backgrounds, sacrificed on the altar of free market capitalism gone mad.