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      vb   intr  
1    to be destroyed or die, esp. in an untimely way  
2    to rot  
leather perishes if exposed to bad weather     
3    perish the thought!   may it never be or happen thus  
4    do a perish     (Austral)  
informal   to die or come near to dying of thirst or starvation  
     (C13: from Old French périr, from Latin perire to pass away entirely, from per- (away) + ire to go)  
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1    be killed, be lost, decease, die, expire, lose one's life, pass away  
2    be destroyed, collapse, decline, disappear, fall, go under, vanish  
3    break down, decay, decompose, disintegrate, moulder, rot, waste, wither  

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