has v'halila, chas v'chalilah, khas vekholile, chas v'cholile, chas v'cholila
- "heaven forbid" (Steinmetz's Yiddish and English dictionary)
- "She might fail her bar exam." "Chas v'cholile."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
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
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
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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