Значение идиомы perish the thought

[perish the thought] {v. phr.} Let us not even think of it; may itnever come true. – Used as an exclamation.

If John fails thecollege entrance exam – perish the thought – he will go back to highschool for one more year.

Perish the thought that Mary should havecancer.

Compare: GOD FORBID.

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