wish (someone or something) on (someone)

idiom

: to want (someone) to have or be affected by (someone or something bad or unpleasant)
I wouldn't wish that terrible illness on anyone.
I wouldn't wish that man on any woman.

Examples of wish (someone or something) on (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the end of the exhibition you are invited to write a wish on a white card and affix it to a potted olive tree. Emily Labarge, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Michelle Ngo hangs her wish on the wishing tree at the 41st Union of The Vietnamese Student Association Tet Festival at the Orange County Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., last year. Lynda Lin Grigsby, NBC News, 9 Feb. 2024 Officials 12 grapes at midnight The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight and making a wish on each grape originates in Spain. USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2024 But after Gold’s wife, Alice, posted his wish on social media this month, Gold awoke to a call from an unfamiliar phone number Friday at his Utah home. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 Which sounds, at this point, a lot like a wish on a star. Alissa Wilkinson, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2023 The book follows a set of sisters who wish on a star for a sibling and get both a younger brother and a new cousin. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 In Mayh, the singer thanked her eldest child for using her 11th birthday wish on a selfless cause. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 26 June 2023 An intentional walk loaded the bases to put the double play in order, and the Sox got their wish on a grounder to second baseman Pablo Reyes, who fielded it cleanly and tossed to shortstop Kiké Hernández at the bag. Julian McWilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2023

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Dictionary Entries Near wish (someone or something) on (someone)

wish (someone) luck

wish (someone or something) on (someone)

wish someone well

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“Wish (someone or something) on (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wish%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20on%20%28someone%29. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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