Definition of perish in English:

perish

Syllabification: per·ish
Pronunciation: /ˈperiSH
 
/

verb

[no object]

Phrases

perish the thought

informal Used, often ironically, to show that one finds a suggestion or idea completely ridiculous or unwelcome: he wasn’t out to get drunk—perish the thought!
More example sentences
  • Or even, perish the thought, an expenditure that need not have its results measured in dollars and cents, but as an altruistic good.
  • But perish the thought that you should actually cut your pay.
  • We wouldn't take a brown envelope - perish the thought!

Origin

Middle English: from Old French periss-, lengthened stem of perir, from Latin perire 'pass away', from per- 'through, completely' + ire 'go'.

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