sacred cow

noun
Updated on: 10 Jan 2018

Definition of sacred cow

: one that is often unreasonably immune from criticism or opposition

Examples of sacred cow in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of sacred cow

from the veneration of the cow by Hindus


SACRED COW Defined for English Language Learners

sacred cow

noun

Definition of sacred cow for English Language Learners

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


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