sacred cow
noun Etymology: from the veneration of the cow by Hindus Date: 1910 one that is often unreasonably immune from criticism or opposition

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sacred cow — {n.} A person or thing that is never criticized, laughed at, or insulted even if it deserves such treatment. * /Motherhood is a sacred cow to most politicians./ * /The bold young governor had no respect for the state s sacred cows./ * /Television …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sacred cow — {n.} A person or thing that is never criticized, laughed at, or insulted even if it deserves such treatment. * /Motherhood is a sacred cow to most politicians./ * /The bold young governor had no respect for the state s sacred cows./ * /Television …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sacred cow — sacred cows N COUNT (disapproval) If you describe a belief, custom, or institution as a sacred cow, you disapprove of people treating it with too much respect and being afraid to criticize or question it. ...the sacred cow of monetarism …   English dictionary

  • sacred cow — Something that is a sacred cow is held in such respect that it cannot be criticised or attacked …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • sacred cow — ► NOUN ▪ an idea, custom, or institution held to be above criticism (with reference to the respect of Hindus for the cow as a sacred animal) …   English terms dictionary

  • sacred cow — n a belief, custom, system etc that is so important to some people that they will not let anyone criticize it ▪ In New York s show business scene, money, fame and power are sacred cows …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sacred cow — noun count something that many people think is too important to change, question, or criticize …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sacred cow — ☆ sacred cow n. any person or thing regarded as above criticism or attack …   English World dictionary

  • sacred cow —    The English idiom sacred cow was coined with ref erence to the veneration of cows that is common in India, but it reflects a degree of misunderstand ing. Hindus do venerate and respect cows, but they do not regularly worship them; nor do they… …   Encyclopedia of Hinduism

  • Sacred cow — The term sacred cow has passed into the English language to mean an object or practice which is considered immune from criticism, especially unreasonably so. [ [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sacred%20cow sacred cow Definitions from… …   Wikipedia

  • sacred cow — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sacred cow : singular sacred cow plural sacred cows something that many people think is too important to change, question, or criticize …   English dictionary

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