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 ?
I stood out against it with all my might, was rather for scuttling the boat and perishing together among the sharks that followed us; but when Helmar said that if his proposal was accepted we should have drink, the sailor came round to him.
The French invaders, like an infuriated animal that has in its onslaught received a mortal wound, felt that they were perishing, but could not stop, any more than the Russian army, weaker by one half, could help swerving.
They were frightened and all of them of held their peace, for he had spoken masterfully; but at last Minerva answered, "Father, son of Saturn, king of kings, we all know that your might is not to be gainsaid, but we are also sorry for the Danaan warriors, who are perishing and coming to a bad end.