Sacred-cow meaning

One that is immune from criticism, often unreasonably so.
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Any person or thing regarded as above criticism or attack.
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(idiomatic) 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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Origin of sacred-cow

  • From the veneration of the cow by the Hindus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition