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perish from something

to die from a particular cause, such as a disease. Nearly all the fish perished from the cold. I was afraid that I would perish from hunger.
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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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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 with something

to feel bad enough to die because of something, such as heat, hunger, etc. (Often an exaggeration.) I was just perishing with hunger when we arrived at the restaurant. Mary felt as if she would perish with the intense heat of the stuffy little room.
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publish or perish

Fig. [for a professor] to try to publish scholarly books or articles to prevent getting released from a university or falling into disfavor in a university. (Also occurs as other parts of speech. See the examples.) Alice knew she would have to publish or perish if she took the teaching job. This is a major research university and publish or perish is the order of the day.
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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!

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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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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publish or perish

Produce published work or fall into disfavor. For example, The younger members of the department have a heavier teaching load, but they also know it's publish or perish . This expression is nearly always used for college or university teachers, for whom advancement frequently is predicated on publishing research in their field. [Mid-1900s]
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perish the thought

Used to express the wish that one not even think about something.
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On August 2, three persons perished, 13 others injured and one missing owing to heavy torrential rain and flash floods in Kohat district.
Lawrence River and across Lake Ontario, there stand another memorial too to those who perished on Flight 182.
At the end of the incident, five passengers were injured and 13 animals perished.
Some 27 million Soviets died while UK and US deaths were 871,000 and up to nine million Germans perished.
10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three Congressional Gold Medals were awarded today in honor of the men and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
Contract award: transport children and staff during the school year, school and outside school perished.
Australian media reports said the ship was carrying more than 170 Sri Lankan and Iranian asylum-seekers when it perished off the coast of Indonesian Java island.
Gauchar, Uttarakhand: Uttarakhand authorities are trying to arrange for as much as 50 tonnes of wood and as much volume of 'desi ghee' to conduct last rites of those who perished in the deluge at Kedarnath.
MITHI -- The mysterious viral disease that perished dozens of beautiful bird peacock in desert district Tharparkar during hot weather before the start of monsoon rains last year, has once again killed over 20 birds in different villages during last three days.
January 2000, Solway Harvester tragedy: A scallop trawler from Kirkcudbright sank in heavy storms near the Isle of Man and all seven crew perished.
In Russia 56 people have perished, with 371 others hospitalized, reports RIA Novosti.
Especially those motorbike types at Riley Base 2 in the Isle of Man for the TT, who sport bald craniums yet still manage to salvage enough neck hair to pass through a perished rubber band and dare call it a pony-tail.
Sleep peacefully you brave miners all Who perished so long ago Yet our hearts still ache and our tears still fall We feel the pain of your sad loss And feel anger at the greed of the mine owner boss.
NNA - The calamity of cows perishing in Mishmish village, Akkar has not ended yet as another cow owned by Khaled Khalil died today (Friday) morning, raising the number of the perished cows, sheep and goats to 32 since the appearance of that phenomena in the past few weeks, National News Agency correspondent in Akkar, Micheal Hallak reported.
2 -- Apart from inflicting serious damage on human beings, the devastating flood has also perished a number of wild species being kept in cages kept for the attraction of visitors in KundPark at Jehangira in Nowshera district.