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Perish the thought.

Fig. Do not even consider thinking of such a (negative) thing. If you should become ill—perish the thought—I'd take care of you. I'm afraid that we need a new car. Perish the thought.
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perish the thought

do not even think about it I don't think either parent would ever, perish the thought, tell that kid “no.”
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perish the thought

Don't even think of it. This expression is used as a wish that what was just mentioned will never happen. For example, He's going to give another speech? Perish the thought! This phrase appeared in Handel's oratorio Joshua (1748; text by Thomas Morell): "It never shall be said that our allies in vain implor'd our aid. Perish the thought!" Also see god forbid.
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perish the thought

Used to express the wish that one not even think about something.
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Perish the thought that we ever end up with the likes of Tony and Cherie Blair replacing the monarchy.
Perish the thought this show should ever turn into "a joke".
Perish the thought that I would ever be a part of such an establishment.
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Town Without My Car Day - page 16 The invitation by Friends of the Earth asking those on the Birmingham Post Power 50 list to leave their cars at home for the day was clearly a publicity gimmick which was only ever likely to draw attention to one unassailable fact - the movers and shakers in this great city do not, by and large, travel by public transport or, perish the thought, walk to their business appointments.
Perish the thought that the CPS, or any branch of the public services, might be allowed to encourage reliance on informed and knowledgeable opinions based on experience.
Perish the thought, but Steve Watson might have signed for Sunderland instead of Newcastle - because his attitude was all wrong.
Perish the thought that come next March, when our visitors arrive, spring will have sprung .
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Perish the thought, but if Liverpool ever decided to cash in on Fernando Torres - it won't happen of course as the Anfield MD Christian Purslow made clear - then Rafa's net spend over six seasons now would be virtually zero.
Perish the thought that it might be because very many MPs, men and women, also pursue legal careers and that changing the times when the House sits to more 'family-friendly' times, say nine until five, would mean that their legal careers would be seriously curtailed.
Perish the thought that your employer would ever do something similar.
Perish the thought, a woman Archbishop of Canterbury
Perish the thought that the very electorate whose votes put the Government into power might also have a right to use its faculties to speak on other matters of importance to it.