perish the thought

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of perish the thought

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?

Word by Word Definitions

perish play
  1. : to become destroyed or ruined : cease to exist

  2. : deteriorate, spoil

  3. : to cause to die : destroy

thought play
  1. : past tense and past participle of think

  1. : something that is thought: such as

  2. : an individual act or product of thinking

  3. : a developed intention or plan


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