One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘millions of young British soldiers perished’
die, lose one's life, be killed, fall, expire, meet one's death, be lost, lay down one's life, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, pass away, go the way of all flesh, give up the ghost, go to glory, meet one's maker, go to one's last resting place, cross the great divide
informal bite the dust, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, croak, flatline, turn up one's toes, shuffle off this mortal coil, go the way of the dinosaurs, conk out, buy it
British informal snuff it, peg out, pop one's clogs, hop the stick, hop the twig
North American informal bite the big one, buy the farm, check out, hand in one's dinner pail
NZ Australian informal go bung
archaic decease, depart this life
2‘must these hopes perish so soon?’
come to an end, die, die away, be destroyed, cease to exist, disappear, vanish, fade, dissolve, evaporate, melt away, pass into oblivion, wither
3‘the potatoes had all perished’
go bad, go off, spoil, rot, go mouldy, moulder, putrefy, decay, decompose
deteriorate, disintegrate, fall apart, crumble
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