chas v'chalila

Alternative Spellings

has v'halila, chas v'chalilah, khas vekholile, chas v'cholile, chas v'cholila

Definitions

  • "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

Etymology

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

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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