perish in

perish in (something)

To die in a certain circumstance. Four young adults perished in the car accident, a tragedy that has sent shockwaves through the community.
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perish in something

to die because of involvement in something. Four people perished in the flames. Our cat perished in an accident.
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References in classic literature ?
But as in landlessness alone resides the highest truth, shoreless, indefinite as God --so, better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety
Wilfred of Ivanhoe is wounded and a prisoner, and will perish in the burning castle without present help.
Savage warrior,'' said Rebecca, ``rather will I perish in the flames than accept safety from thee
However, his rather direct call to repent, or perish in the same way, does not allow a fatalistic shrug.
Perhaps to "perish as they did" is to perish in the fear, anxiety, and despair evidenced by the human need to avoid death and judgment at all cost.
On average, 20,000 to 30,000 victims perish in floods, with an estimated 300 to 500 deaths annually in the United States.