perish with

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 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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References in classic literature ?
Let none of earth inherit That vision on my spirit; Those thoughts I would control As a spell upon his soul: For that bright hope at last And that light time have past, And my worldly rest hath gone With a sigh as it pass'd on I care not tho' it perish With a thought I then did cherish.
If we mismeasure this web, break its rules, and destroy it, we perish with it.