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!
Definition of perish the thought in:
- The US English dictionary