sacred cow

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sacred cow

n.
One that is immune from criticism, often unreasonably so: "The need for widespread secrecy has become a sacred cow" (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).

[From the veneration of the cow by the Hindus.]

sacred cow

n
informal a person, institution, custom, etc, unreasonably held to be beyond criticism
[alluding to the Hindu belief that cattle are sacred]

sa′cred cow′


n.
someone or something considered to be exempt from criticism or questioning.
[1905–10; in reference to the traditional inviolability of the cow among Hindus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sacred cow - a person unreasonably held to be immune to criticism
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
Translations
pyhä lehmä
פרה קדושה

sacred cow

n (lit, fig)heilige Kuh

sacred cow

n (fig) (person) → intoccabile m/f; (institution) → caposaldo; (idea, belief) → dogma m
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His denunciation of vegetarians as being not normal presumably includes the millions who shun meat and meat products by reason of their religion and to whom the cow is sacred.
While everyone agrees sacred cows must be cut, it turns out on closer examination that every cow is sacred to someone.