perish the thought



  • May the thought perish; said of an idea or suggestion that is deeply undesirable.


  • From the obsolete transitive sense perish, itself possibly from a misunderstanding of the subjunctive mood in set phrases (i.e. "[may it] perish, the thought") taken as transitive.

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