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sacred cow

noun

Simple Definition of sacred cow

  • : someone or something that has been accepted or respected for a long time and that people are afraid or unwilling to criticize or question

Full Definition of sacred cow

  1. :  one that is often unreasonably immune from criticism or opposition

Examples of sacred cow

  1. The old government program has become a sacred cow.



Origin of sacred cow

from the veneration of the cow by Hindus


First Known Use: 1910


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