Definition of perish in English:

perish

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛrɪʃ
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 3 (be perished) British informal Be suffering from extreme cold: I was perished with cold before the end of the day
    More example sentences
    • He was not imaginative enough to ask himself whether the man might not be perishing with cold and hunger.

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!
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  • 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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