sacred cow

noun
Updated on: 4 Apr 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

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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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