perishing


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per·ish

 (pĕr′ĭsh)
v. per·ished, per·ish·ing, per·ish·es
v.intr.
1. To die or be destroyed, especially in a violent or untimely manner: "Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those who have no imagination?" (George Bernard Shaw).
2. To pass from existence; disappear gradually: "Man will go down into the pit, and all his thoughts will perish" (A.J. Balfour).
3. Chiefly British To spoil or deteriorate.
v.tr.
To bring to destruction; destroy: "Many foul blights / Perish'd his hard won gains" (Thomas Hood).
Idiom:
perish the thought
Used to express the wish that one not even think about something.

[Middle English perishen, from Old French perir, periss-, to perish, from Latin perīre : per-, per- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

perishing

(ˈpɛrɪʃɪŋ)
adj
1. informal (of weather, etc) extremely cold
2. slang (intensifier qualifying something undesirable): it's a perishing nuisance!.
ˈperishingly adv
Translations

perishing

[ˈperɪʃɪŋ] ADJ
1. (= freezing) it's perishing (cold)hace un frío de muerte, hace un frío que pela
I'm perishingestoy helado
2. (Brit) → condenado

perishing

[ˈpɛrɪʃɪŋ] adj (British)
(cold)glacial(e)
it's perishing, it's perishing cold → il fait un froid glacial
(= confounded) → maudit(e) before n
that perishing child → ce maudit gamin

perishing

adj (Brit inf)
(= very cold) room, weathereisig kalt; I’m perishingich geh fast ein vor Kälte (inf)
(= objectionable)verdammt (inf)

perishing

[ˈpɛrɪʃɪŋ] adj (Brit) (fam) it's perishing (cold)fa un freddo da morire
References in classic literature ?
His wife might be dying, his baby might be starving, his whole family might be perishing in the cold--and all the while they were ringing their Christmas chimes
Her brothers are gone, her father is gone, her mother goeth, the Church's curse is upon her, and none may shelter or befriend her even though she lay perishing in the road.
There was not an urchin in school but was perishing to have a glimpse of it, but the chance never came.
A great many times have we poor creatures been nearly perishing with hunger, when food in abundance lay mouldering in the safe and smoke-house, and our pious mistress was aware of the fact; and yet that mistress and her husband would kneel every morn- ing, and pray that God would bless them in basket and store!
And do you imagine that beautiful young lady, that healthy, hearty girl, will tie herself to a little perishing monkey like you?
A certain man named Gregory, who was foreman of the packers, and another named Tipp, who was the carman, and wore a red jacket, used to address me sometimes as 'David': but I think it was mostly when we were very confidential, and when I had made some efforts to entertain them, over our work, with some results of the old readings; which were fast perishing out of my remembrance.
When a man's alone on these flats, with a light head and a light stomach, perishing of cold and want, he hears nothin' all night, but guns firing, and voices calling.
But far away in Africa the magician remembered Aladdin, and by his magic arts discovered that Aladdin, instead of perishing miserably in the cave, had escaped, and had married a princess, with whom he was living in great honour and wealth.