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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 ?
Now the Golden Cap is yours, and three times you have the right to lay your wishes upon us."
"Quelala being the first owner of the Golden Cap," replied the Monkey, "he was the first to lay his wishes upon us.
They should ask their children to elect the very subjects in which they are interested in rather than imposing their wishes upon them.
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.
When a young boy's father doesn't return from the war, the lonely boy wishes upon a shooting star--one that turns out to be a little firefly who, try as she might, just can't fly.
In another poem, we wonder whether a starfish ever wishes upon a star and whether a star ever wishes upon a starfish.