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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Perish the thought. Women just didn't have the upper-body strength, speed, and gymnastic ability to catapult over anything.
Perish the thought that forum users might actually learn to recognize off-topic noise for what it is, and simply ignore it, like they do on the street and in every other aspect of their life.
Can it be that Hodel's unseemly haste to praise Chambers rather than to bury him was dictated by -- perish the thought -- ideological considerations?
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the Director of Media and Publicity of the organization and spokesmen of the PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan, insisted that President Buhari should perish the thought of going ahead with his re-election campaign without clearing the pertinent issue, 'because it directly bothers on his integrity both as a person and the exalted office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.'
Perish the thought that the deluded Little Englanders of UKIP should be given the chance to influence things.
Either way, you may not want them as friends or perish the thought, babysitters.
Those of us of certain age will remember the disaster that was for the railways and so perish the thought! It is hoped the government will dismiss this bid and leave the running of the railways to those companies who are the experts at it.
"Perish the thought but it may even lead to us getting relegated and that would obviously have a very significant cost."
.Not because the honourable gents and ladies have anything to hide, perish the thought, but in the interests of security.
One could imagine it housing a revamped scenic railway or, perish the thought, a ghost train, even.
These are dark days for the traditional media, be they paid for newspapers, free Bullivant-style publications, regional TV, the BBC or even, perish the thought, News International.
An end to exchanges would be manna from heaven for bookmakers, and perish the thought they might be the sole beneficiaries of a dubious, shady practice such as receiving 'inside' stable information and using for their market formation.