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sacred cow

noun [C] uk   disapproving us  
a belief, custom, etc. that people support and do not question or criticize: They did not dare to challenge the sacred cow of parliamentary democracy.
Translations of “sacred cow”
in Chinese (Traditional) 不容質疑的信仰, 神聖不可侵犯的習俗…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不容质疑的信仰, 批评不得的习俗…
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