chas v'chalila


chas v'chalila (khas vih-khah-LEE-lah) listen


  • interj. "Heaven forbid" (Steinmetz's Yiddish and English dictionary).

Example Sentences

  • "She might fail her bar exam." "Chas v'cholile."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • חס וחלילה

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

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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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