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pish

[psh; spelling pronunciation pish] /pʃ; spelling pronunciation pɪʃ/
interjection
1.
(used as an exclamation of mild contempt or impatience.)
noun
2.
an exclamation of “pish!”.
verb (used without object)
3.
to say “pish.”.
verb (used with object)
4.
to say “pish” at or to.
Origin of pish
1585-1595
1585-95; imitative
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Examples from the Web for pished
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  • It cannot be pished and pshawed away, by you or me or another.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • My father suddenly drew in and pished a little, for he saw that he was caught in the web of his own eloquence.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Beatrix pished and psha'd over the paper; Colonel Esmond watching with no little interest her countenance as she read it.

  • Sir Chichester was shaken, but he pushed his blotting-paper here and his pen there, and pished and tushed like a refractory child.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • He pished at samplers, and delighted to interrupt the working-lesson.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • But at this Dr. Ross pished impatiently, and it was then that Audrey hazarded her brilliant suggestion about the east wind.

    Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for pished

pish

/pʃ; pɪʃ/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of impatience or contempt
verb
2.
to make this exclamation at (someone or something)
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Word Origin and History for pished

pish

exclamation of contempt, attested from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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