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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.]
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sacred cow

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

sacred cow

n (lit, fig)heilige Kuh
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sacred cow

n (fig) (person) → intoccabile m/f; (institution) → caposaldo; (idea, belief) → dogma m
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Its Executive Secretary, Chief Dennis Aghanya made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
The allegations were initially made by Dennis Aghanya, who served as Buhari's media aide between 2009 and 2011.
'Nigerians may recall that the petition used to suspend Justice Onnoghen was written by one Dennis Aghanya, who is a former spokesman to President Buhari and is presently one of his confidants.
Dennis Aghanya, Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative (ARDI).
The petition against Onnoghen borders on alleged non-declaration of assets, which was the case brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja after an earlier petition by Dennis Aghanya of the Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative (ARDI).
The petition against the suspended CJN Onnoghen border on alleged non-declaration of assets, which was the case brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja after an earlier petition by Dennis Aghanya of the Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative (ARDI).
'About fortnight ago, Nigerians were assailed with the alleged breach of the Code of Conduct laws by the CJN through a petition signed by the Executive Director, Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative, Mr Dennis Aghanya. According to the petitioner, the NGO painstakingly investigated the CJN, which commenced about a year ago.