perish the thought

Definition of perish the thought

  1. —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

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

    :  deteriorate, spoil

    :  to cause to die :  destroy

  1. : past tense and past participle ofthink

  1. :  the action or process of thinking :  cogitation

    :  serious consideration :  regard

    :  recollection, remembrance

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clearly seen through or understood

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