heaven forfend

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From heaven (abode of God) + forfend (to avert; to forbid, prohibit).



heaven forfend

  1. (dated or humorous) Used to express that one hopes that something does not happen: God forbid, heaven forbid.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:God forbid
    • 1990, Sam Simon and John Swartzwelder, “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish”, in The Simpsons:
      Advisor: The voters now see you as imperial and god-like. Burns: Hot dog! Advisor: But there's a down-side to it. The latest polls indicate you're in danger of losing touch with the common man. Burns: Oh, dear! Heaven forfend!
    • 2007 November 23, Scott Murray, “Why England’s failure is good news for, er, England”, in Alan Rusbridger, editor, The Guardian[1], London: Guardian News & Media, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 6 October 2014:
      Now there's an opportunity to employ a man who, heaven forfend, actually thinks about tactics and team balance.

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