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

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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. © 2015 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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And whereas they have, all their times, sacrificed to themselves, they become in the end, themselves sacrifices to the inconstancy of fortune, whose wings they thought, by their self-wisdom, to have pinioned.
When we reached Tenedos we offered sacrifices to the gods, for we were longing to get home; cruel Jove, however, did not yet mean that we should do so, and raised a second quarrel in the course of which some among us turned their ships back again, and sailed away under Ulysses to make their peace with Agamemnon; but I, and all the ships that were with me pressed forward, for I saw that mischief was brewing.
Then he offered many burnt sacrifices to the gods, and decorated many temples with tapestries and gilding, for he had succeeded far beyond his expectations.
Accompanied by DIG Dr Fasihuddin and other police officials, he said the province's police had acted as the frontline force in the war against terrorism and it had most sacrifices to its credit.
Blumberg (humanities Michigan State U) has a different take on the self-sacrificing characters; she finds their sacrifices to be largely economic.
Individuals who are altruistically motivated are likely making sacrifices to obtain positive outcomes (e.g., make a partner happy), in turn leading them to experience both relational and personal benefits.
Did they expect sacrifices to be resumed when the Temple was rebuilt?
As for the sacrifices to the multitudes of spirits, he would not perform a divinatory practice; only for the jiao sacrifice would he do so, as it was the most important of all sacrifices (p.
By celebrating all sacrifices to Heaven, Earth, the sacred mountains and rivers, and all deities, the emperor accepted and included them as part of the imperial cult (pp.
Christians can add their own sacrifices to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross (Colossians, 1:24).
Countless others made free sacrifices to create and sustain the world we live in, to defend our rights, prepare our bread, make our homes, educate our minds, nurse our wounds.
Some parents make great sacrifices for their children but attempt to use those sacrifices to create guilt by which they can manipulate their children.