verb (used without object)
- perish the thought,
Origin of perish
Examples from the Web for perish
By all accounts he had expected to perish with the other Elders.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’|Jimmy So|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
World War II offers innumerable opportunities for her to perish during the Blitz.
And those who really feel that they will perish unless they have 32 ounces of Mountain Dew Code Red can simply buy two.Michael Tomasky: Mayor Bloomberg Is Right to Declare a War on Sugar|Michael Tomasky|June 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And that pressure will consist entirely of one message: resist, at all costs, or perish.Barack Obama and the ‘Centrist’ Fantasy About Dealing With the GOP|Michael Tomasky|April 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Not an inappropriate night for the Chief Witch to fall off his broomstick and perish in a fierce firefight.
For benefits and advantages, however great and important, are what we have, and they perish with the using.Practical Ethics|William DeWitt Hyde
The injustice of that Potentate will not permit all to perish.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
My nephew never shows sign; Sillery is to perish, you fear to speak to me; even my poor wife chides me.Kilgorman|Talbot Baines Reed
The host that drew its life along it must fight at a fearful disadvantage or perish miserably.The River War|Winston S. Churchill
Hundreds of thousands of people used to perish by famine and disease year after year.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out|Fred T. Hodgson
Word Origin for perish
mid-13c., from periss- present participle stem of Old French perir "perish, be lost, be shipwrecked" (12c.), from Latin perire "to be lost, perish," literally "to go through," from per- "through, completely, to destruction" (see per) + ire "to go" (see ion). Related: Perished; perishing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with perish
- perish the thought
- publish or perish