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sacred cow

noun

: 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

:  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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