Perish the thought!

Perish the thought!

something that you say which means you hope very much that something does not happen If his father came to live with us, perish the thought, I can't imagine what strain that would put on our relationship.
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Those of us of certain age will remember the disaster that was for the railways and so perish the thought
And none of our still-so-rich bankers are crying wolf about taking their bat, ball and bad habits out of the country, perish the thought
Westminster is a complete turn-off for many of us, as for voting for it, perish the thought
Of course, everyone concerned has acted within the standards of public probity, and no intention to deceive the public is implied - perish the thought
That in itself is bad enough, but now we are being threatened with them opening more tracks; perish the thought
If we are not mindful, we could see the end of great British bangers, and bacon as we know it, not to mention crispy crackling covered roasts - perish the thought