sacred cow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sacred cow a person unreasonably held to be immune to criticism
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “Sacred cows make the best hamburger.”
  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.”

Idioms

Sacred cow - Something that is a sacred cow is held in such respect that it cannot be criticised or attacked.
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Usage

In literature:

The men of Red Cow were individualists, and recognized as sacred but two things, property and life.
"Lost Face" by Jack London
Yet the cow was the Egyptian Aphrodite's sacred animal.
"The Spell of Egypt" by Robert Hichens
Hearing the cries of the sacred animals he rushed to their assistance, but the cow-killer was aided by his friends.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
Contact with Christians was obnoxious because they eat all kinds of meat, including the sacred cow.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
The cow figures in Grecian mythology, and in the Oriental literature is treated as a sacred animal.
"The Galaxy" by Various
The cow is still sacred in many parts of Africa.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
I know just where to go for I checked in once to fool the Sacred Cow before I went to get my beautiful.
"Where I Wasn't Going" by Walt Richmond
While in India the cow is more sacred than the woman, in Africa, a woman sometimes brings several cows in a trade.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
The cow they venerate as sacred.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
The temple was dedicated to the goddess Athor, and her emblem was a sacred cow.
"What We Saw in Egypt" by Anonymous
Sacred bulls of Egypt and cows of India.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
Butter made from the milk of the cow, the most sacred of animals, is used for anointing in the Hindu religion.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Hence it was that cows became sacred in India.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
On the contrary, the cow will be considered sacred, in consequence of its rareness and utility.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Each family also has a sacred ox or cow among the herd.
"South and South Central Africa" by H. Frances Davidson
Giraffes and elephants and sacred cows found refuge in Mr. Clark's barn.
"The Story of the Rome, Watertown, and Ogdensburg RailRoad" by Edward Hungerford
Her veiled statue was moved from place to place by sacred cows on which none but the priest might lay hands.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
The cows, sacred as they were, were yet not beyond the power of disease, and had a most woe-begone look.
"From Egypt to Japan" by Henry M. Field
The eccentric saint would not permit a cow to approach his sacred residence at Lindisfarne.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
A cow is considered a sacred animal by the Hindu, and therefore not to be eaten.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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In poetry:

And his best friend General Vang Pao
Ran the Meo army like a sacred cow
Helicopter smugglers filled Long Cheng's bars
In Xieng Quang province on the Plain of Jars
"CIA Dope Calypso" by Allen Ginsberg

In news:

It's time to slay the alternative media's sacred cow and put us all out of our misery.
I have mentioned in the past that almost nothing is a "sacred cow" topic.
Every now and then we columnists barbecue a sacred cow or two and that always creates a fuss.
How to Work Around a Sacred Cow : Cow Tipping to Take Back Your Power.
Growing beef trade hits India's sacred cow .
Hindu devotees worship a sacred cow on the eve of Gopastami in Hyderabad on November 3, 2011.
Former GOP Sen Alan Simpson to Obama: Shoot your " sacred cow ".
Fort Lauderdale's new sacred cow .
The ' Sacred Cow ' That Won't Go Away.
There are no sacred cows on the.
Sacred cows are great but they don't feed anyone.
But I really like the taste of a good steak so I never protect sacred cows.
Brave dogs and sacred cows are being decorated with.
The temptation of a sacred cow .
But liberals have sacred cows, too.
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