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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sa′cred cow′(n.)

  1. someone or something considered to be exempt from criticism or questioning.

Origin of sacred cow:

1905–10; in reference to the traditional inviolability of the cow among Hindus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sacred cow(noun)

    a person unreasonably held to be immune to criticism


  1. sacred cow(Noun)

    Something which cannot be tampered with, or criticized, for fear of public outcry. A person, institution, belief system, etc. which, for no reason other than the demands of established social etiquette or popular opinion, should be accorded respect or reverence, and not touched, handled or examined too closely.


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