wish upon

wish upon

1. To ask or plead for something, especially a superstitious charm or omen, to make one's wish a reality. I always used to wish upon the first star of the night when I was a kid. People from all over the country come to the idol, wishing upon it to better their lives in some way or another.
2. To desire that some person, situation, or circumstance, especially a negative one, happen to or be imposed or foisted upon someone else. Typically used in negative constructions. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wish" and "on." I wouldn't wish the death of a child upon my worst enemy. No, I wouldn't wish such a difficult task upon you. I just don't see the point in wishing bad things upon anyone else.
See also: upon, wish
References in classic literature ?
I am bound to say that she has never done much for me, and that I have no particular wish upon the subject.'
After looking doubtfully at Ralph when the man asked where he was to drive, and finding that he remained silent, and expressed no wish upon the subject, Arthur mentioned his own house, and thither they proceeded.
There lies the trophy of my sword, that good grey gelding, whom I heartily wish upon his legs again, conditioning his master lay there houghed in his place.
Rhian Mannings, from Miskin, Pontyclun, is aiming to walk five marathons across Wales to raise money for her charity 2 Wish Upon a Star.
San Francisco, CA, November 07, 2018 --(PR.com)-- Wish Upon a Wedding, a non-profit organization, has helped over 125 couples say "I Do" since its launch in January 2010 and I Said Yes has joined in to help more couples.
The annual Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival, featuring 35 food trucks from Pennsylvania and surrounding states, will take place at the AACA Museum, 1161 Museum Drive, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
"Each party must be represented according to its size; we wish upon the concerned blocs to deal with this issue reasonably instead of hindering the government formation," the lawmaker told an interview with Voice of Lebanon (VDL-93.3) radio station.
On the way home from work, weary subway riders may feel a little encouraged to hear, instead of the usual announcements of station names, a short but warm message such as "You did a great job today" or "You may wish upon the full moon tonight and I hope your wishes will come true." This is what subway engineer Lee Hyeong-kwon offers passengers on the trains of Line 7 in Seoul.
The sixth annual event, now known asWish on Wheels, saw participants pedal from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire to Miskin, Pontyclun, over two days for 2 Wish Upon a Star.
The initiative 'A Wish Upon a Star' is a platform for people to contribute towards the operation costs for cardiac catheterisations for children, eye and ear treatments and cochlear implants for patients in Sudan, Somalia and Palestine.
We also wish upon a huge and dazzling Christmas star from Pampanga that some gifted but underappreciated luminaries will move up to the next level this show biz season.
But in real life they remain the best of friends and were delighted to support the annual When You Wish Upon A Star charity festive fairy tale weekend at Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest.
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WISH UPON (15) H HHHH CLUNKY teen-oriented horror thriller, where a bullied high school student (Joey King, right) wishes upon an ornate Chinese music box, which demands a grisly blood penalty in exchange for each heart's desire.
WISH UPON (15) H HHHH IN John R Leonetti's clunky teen-oriented horror thriller, a bullied high school student (Joey King) wishes upon an ornate Chinese music box, which demands a grisly blood penalty in exchange for each heart's desire.