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British pronunciation/sˈeɪkɹəd kˈaʊ/
American pronunciation/sˈeɪkɹəd kˈaʊ/
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something such as tradition, idea, system, etc. that everyone respects or accepts without questioning

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sacred cow definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "sacred cow" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "sacred cow" can be traced back to Hinduism, particularly in India, where cows hold a revered status. In Hindu culture, cows are considered sacred animals and are associated with various deities. It is commonly used in discussions about cultural, religious, or societal norms that are considered unquestionable or resistant to change.

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Many traditional customs and practices are still treated as sacred cows in this society.
In the future, the political landscape may see a shift as previously untouchable sacred cows are challenged.
The politician refuses to address the issue, treating it as a sacred cow.
The organization finally challenged its sacred cows and implemented much-needed reforms.
Over time, societal attitudes have shifted, and some previously held sacred cows have been questioned.
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