|chas v'chalila||(chas vih-chah-LEE-lah)|
interj. "Heaven forbid" (Steinmetz's Yiddish and English dictionary).
"She might fail her bar exam." "Chas v'cholile."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
- Australia / New Zealand
- South Africa
- Great Britain
- North America
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
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See also chas v'sholom. In some Jewish cultures, "poo poo poo" or "tfu tfu tfu" is used in a similar way.
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