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perish

verb be annihilated, be destroyed, be eradicated, be extinguished, be null and void, be ruined, become extinct, cease, cease living, cease to be, cease to exist, cease to live, come to an end, come to naught, come to ruin, crumble, die, die away, die out, disappear, evanesce, evaporate, expire, fade, fade away, fade out, fail, go, interire, leave no trace, lose life, meet death, melt away, occidere, pass, pass away, pass on, perire, peter out, relinquish life, render null, sink away, succumb, surrender, vanish, wilt, wither
See also: decease, die, expire, succumb

TO PERISH. To come to an end; to cease to be; to die.
     2. What has never existed cannot be said to have perished.
     3. When two or more persons die by the same accident, as a shipwreck, no presumption arises that one perished before the other. Vide Death. Survivorship.

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THE celebrity drink of choice for the New Year is tea, but perish the thought that it's good old workman's brew - instead it's a rather oddly named Pu'erh tea.
What next, a cut in the chief executive salary, the consultants, the doctors' pay, perish the thought, no, charge the sick, the older population, the vulnerable or disabled.
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Mr Marshall was backed by the Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, who said: "Cadbury should reflect that before they even existed, the colour purple was around and - perish the thought - after they have gone, it will still be here.
Perish the thought, comrade, we're not here for self-aggrandisement - though for me he seems to wear that self-imposed hair shirt rather too comfortably.
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And perish the thought they would actually finish in the top two, fluke their way through the semi final and meet either Bristol or Exeter in a two-legged final.
Although the majority of car drivers behave perfectly responsibly, a significant minority seem to resent any situation in which they may need to behave with consideration, courtesy or, perish the thought, patience.
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