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.]
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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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When we consider girls from our homes going to their homes as 'love jihad', shouldn't we consider 'gau mata' going to their homes 'love jihad' too?
For as the right-wing Hindus of India, high on their holy elixir courtesy gau mata, brace themselves for a devotional service to their motherland by getting rid of 'impurities' as their first priority, the moderate Indians gape in horror.
Moreover, the worship and the protection of the gau mata provided link of the modern constructs with Vedic era when cow was seen a representation of fertility and nurturing.
In a democracy with diminishing liberty and a hollowing out of individual rights, the gau mata (the holy cow akin to one's own mother) protectors may well have the right to become vigilantes for their cause, however morally wrong or counterproductive such actions are.
If this energy will be placed at the service of Bharat Mata, not merely Gau Mata, we shall all be specially blessed.
One of the opposition placards read, "Gau mata toh bahana hai, karz maafi se dhyan hatana hai (Cow protection is a tool to divert attention from farm loan waiver)".