|1.||to be destroyed or die, esp in an untimely way|
|3.||to rot: leather perishes if exposed to bad weather|
|4.||perish the thought! may it never be or happen thus|
|5.||informal (Austral) do a perish to die or come near to dying of thirst or starvation|
|[C13: from Old French périr, from Latin perīre to pass away entirely, from |
perish the thought
Don't even think of it. This expression is used as a wish that what was just mentioned will never happen. For example, He's going to give another speech? Perish the thought! This phrase appeared in Handel's oratorio Joshua (1748; text by Thomas Morell): "It never shall be said that our allies in vain implor'd our aid. Perish the thought!" Also see god forbid.