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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