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perish from (something)

To die from some cause. Most people who die in fires actually perish from smoke inhalation, as opposed to the fire itself.
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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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publish or perish

To either produce consistent published works, especially scholarly articles, or else risk falling into obscurity or disfavor or being released from one's academic institution. I always thought I'd like to be a professor, but because I want to teach and discuss things with students. The fact that you have to publish or perish really puts me off the idea.
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perish the thought

Don't even mention that or think that way! Such a thing would be inconceivable. (Sometimes used humorously or sarcastically.) A: "If something were to ever happen to me, I would want you to go and live your life, perhaps fall in love again" B: "Perish the thought, my love!" Me being disruptive in class? Perish the thought!
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perish with (something)

1. To suffer greatly due to some ailment or discomfort. The poor man was trapped down here and obviously perished with hunger. You'll perish with thirst before you starve to death.
2. By extension, to suffer greatly due to some ailment or discomfort. (Used as hyperbole.) Would you mind if I had a glass of water? I'm perishing with thirst! I thought I would perish with boredom in there!
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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

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, often ironically, to show that you find a suggestion or idea completely ridiculous or unwelcome. informal
1993 Tablet Is he one of those people who file their own press cuttings and who even, perish the thought, write down their own witticisms?
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publish or perish

used to refer to an attitude or practice existing within academic institutions, whereby researchers are under pressure to publish material in order to retain their positions or to be deemed successful.
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ˌperish the ˈthought!

(spoken, often humorous) I hope it will not happen; may it never happen: ‘A picnic is a good idea but what if it rains?’ ‘Perish the thought!’
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perish the thought

Used to express the wish that one not even think about something.
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He added that nearly 30 percent fruits perished at his shop.
Of the 329 who perished, 86 passengers were children -- and six of those mere babies.
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.
Meanwhile, Sydney Daily Telegraph said that up to 60 passengers went missing or perished when the ship sank.
October 2006, The Meridian tragedy: Four trawlermen perished when their boat was swamped by a storm in the North Sea.
The death toll has been particularly harsh in the Ukraine, where 83 people have perished, with 526.
Then there are those with a full head of hair and perished faces.
Within the framework of a national project which commenced Friday, the museum is asking to collect any object, letter or painting and through them -- give those who perished a name and face.
It is to note that the Ministry of Agriculture sent Veterinarians to check on the perished cows, take samples and do some laboratory tests on them.
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.
Assistant chief of the APMOC Netra Kafle said, "The stocks collected from Sunsari, Morang, Dhankuta and India five days ago have perished as they could not be delivered to potential consumers.
A PENSIONER who has devoted more than 30 years to breeding birds was distraught today after his flock of finches perished in a ferocious fire.
Haydock residents said that almost every family in the area lost loved ones in the Wood Pit explosion in 1878 when 205 miners perished and many more were injured and badly disfigured.
The nine, who were described as very small and probably no older than a few weeks by a fireman, perished when an early morning blaze broke out in a bathroom and spread to the kitchen of a terraced house in Abercynon.