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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 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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It is equally important to say that the Christian tradition bears clear witness -- the prophet did perish in Jerusalem
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Publish or Perish will award a $10,000 grant to each of the first three researchers to publish a discovery made using the online genomics research tool GeneIndexer.
PAAFR, with an experience of examining the fish perish phenomena in 2001 and 2003, has set up an operation room and central laboratories to examine samples of the dead fish.
But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did
Until such a time as that happens, more people will perish trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.
PROVERBS 29,18 BUT, where there is prayer and a willingness to see, there will be vision; and where there is vision, the people need not perish but have everlasting life.
God's handiwork through the ages will perish, but the Lord will remain the same.
Featuring a deftly intertwining plot populated mysterious and dangerous shape-shifters, Irish anarchists edging closer to attacks on the Crown, and the murderous Jack The Ripper, Sojourn is a riveting tale of Lassiter's persistent struggle to save the time line necessary for the continued existence her own world of 2057, or perish in her failure to protect it.
You and the others say other things until you perish.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Dec 31 (ANI): The newly-appointed Chief Managing Director (CMD) of the struggling airline Air India, Pradeep Singh Kharola, on Sunday told the employees that they have to perform if they do not want to perish.
Ikenouchi becomes the 69th climber, and the seventh Japanese national, to perish on Mount Cook.
After Brown, Tony Frost and Heath Streak made it eight of nine batsmen to perish behind square on the off-side, Ali was left with only Jimmy Anyon for company.
In America today, the choices for many businesses are: offshore or perish," warns Dr.