perish the thought

idiom

used to say that something will not happen or that one hopes that something will not happen
What? Me help him out? Perish the thought.
Who would take over as goalie if, perish the thought, he got injured?

Examples of perish the thought in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The worst part of grocery shopping is waiting in the inevitably-long checkout line (perish the thought of completing your haul on a Sunday afternoon). Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Apr. 2024 However, if Baby Jessica didn’t make it — perish the thought! Kevin Falls, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2023

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“Perish the thought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perish%20the%20thought. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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