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Pish  v. i.  To express contempt.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Pish" Quotes from Famous Books



... Pish," said little Crispo, one of the smallest midshipmen I ever saw, for he was only nine years old. "There is another boat going ashore directly, and you ...
— The Loss of the Royal George • W.H.G. Kingston

... "Pish! Pshaw! You have had a soup, a mutton-chop, a triangle of pie, a lager beer, but you have not dined. You are not starving, and yet you have, from my present point of view, eaten nothing the whole of this day. Mon cher, it is necessary that you should ...
— Crowded Out! and Other Sketches • Susie F. Harrison

... mended his linen. I saw to his adornments—he called his clothes, the bad man! I was a servant to him, my dear! and there—it was nine months—nine months from the day he swear to protect and cherish and that—nine calendar months, and my gentleman is off with another woman! Bone of his bone!—pish!" exclaimed Mrs. Berry, reckoning her wrongs over vividly. "Here's my ring. A pretty ornament! What do it mean? I'm for tearin' it off my finger a dozen times in the day. It's a symbol? I call it a tomfoolery for the dead-alive to wear it, that's a widow ...
— The Shaving of Shagpat • George Meredith

... "Pish! The Doctor did not know," said Mike sharply, and colouring a little; "and I don't believe he wants people to ...
— Cormorant Crag - A Tale of the Smuggling Days • George Manville Fenn

... knight in the world? And what now of your sister, hey? Little fool, do you not catch the measure of it now? Two honey years of Jehane Saint-Pol, gossamer pledges of mouth and mouth, of stealing fingers, kiss and clasp; but for the French King's daughter—pish! the thing of naught they have made her—the sacrament of marriage, the treaty, the dowry-fee. Oh, heaven and earth, Eustace, answer ...
— The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay • Maurice Hewlett

... "Pish! Why any more?" retorted the old man, shrugging his shoulders. "There are too many lawyers now, many of them become mere clerks. Doctors? They insult and abuse one another, and even kill each other in competition ...
— The Reign of Greed - Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' • Jose Rizal

... Marpl. Pish! Pox, I wish I were fairly out of the House. I find Marriage is the end of this Secret: And now I am half mad to know what ...
— The Busie Body • Susanna Centlivre

... on his martial phiz, Superior birth to show; "Pish!" was a favourite word of his, And he often ...
— The Bab Ballads • W. S. Gilbert

... says the Prince, 'how have I lived fifteen years in thy company without seeing thy perfections? What woman in all Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, nay, in Australia, only it is not yet discovered, can presume to be thy equal? Angelica? Pish! Gruffanuff? Phoo! The Queen? Ha, ha! Thou art my Queen. Thou art the real Angelica, because thou ...
— The Rose and the Ring • William Makepeace Thackeray

... Mary, if folk won't believe one. There are things I saw with my own eyes, that some people would pish and pshaw at, as if I were a baby to be put down by cross noises. But I'll tell you, Mary," with an emphasis on YOU, "some more of the wonders of the sea, sin' you're not too wise to believe me. I have seen ...
— Mary Barton • Elizabeth Gaskell

... not stirred in the matter," said Dr. May. "I knew nothing would come to good under the pack of silly women that our schools are ridden with—" and, as he heard a sound a little like "pish!" he continued, "and that old Ramsden, it is absolutely useless to work with such a head—or no head. There's nothing for it but to wait for better times, instead of setting up independent, ...
— The Daisy Chain, or Aspirations • Charlotte Yonge

... Pish, in it's no Delight, Nor have I Ease, but when returning Night, With Sleep's soft gentle Spell my Senses charms, Then Fancy some Gallant brings to my Arms: In them I oft the lov'd Shadow seem To grasp, and Joys, yet ...
— The Fifteen Comforts of Matrimony: Responses From Women • Various

... which he glared through his spectacles at the pages of the magazine, from the impatience with which he from time to time dashed his disengaged hand through the masses of his iron-grey hair, and from the frequent ejaculations of "Pish!" "Psha!" "Ach!" and so on which escaped his lips, accompanied by vast volumes of smoke, it seemed evident that he was not altogether at one with the author whose article he was perusing. He was an explorer and ...
— The Log of the Flying Fish - A Story of Aerial and Submarine Peril and Adventure • Harry Collingwood

... parole to leave you sons of filth with this beautiful Spanish ship, to go make war upon other Spaniards! Ha!" Don Diego laughed in his throat. "You fool! You can kill me. Pish! It is very well. I die with my work well done. In less than an hour you will be the prisoners of Spain, and the Cinco Llagas will go belong to ...
— Captain Blood • Rafael Sabatini

... smiled upon me. The gipsy finding he was not displeased in his heart, told him, after a farther inquiry into his hand, that his true-love was constant, and that she should dream of him to-night: My old friend cried pish, and bid her go on. The gipsy told him that he was a bachelor, but would not be so long; and that he was dearer to somebody than he thought: The Knight still repeated she was an idle baggage, and bid her go on. Ah, master, says the gipsy, that roguish leer of ...
— The Coverley Papers • Various

... Try!—not you. I meant to do my duty by you, and in due time to impoverish myself by paying for your articles—nearly a hundred pounds, sir. But don't expect it. I'm not going to waste my hard-earned savings upon a worthless, idle fellow. Lawyer! Pish! You're about fit for a shoeblack, sir, or a carter. You'll grow into as great an idiot as your father was before you. What my poor sister could have seen in ...
— The Vast Abyss - The Story of Tom Blount, his Uncles and his Cousin Sam • George Manville Fenn

... nuptial taper, a bed Of rose-leaves, and wild thyme and wood-doves' down. Quick! Draw the bridal curtains—three tall ferns— Across the cave mouth, lest a star should peep And make the wild rose leap into her face! Pish! A sweet maid! But ...
— Collected Poems - Volume Two (of 2) • Alfred Noyes

... which nobody listens—an ultra-royalist whom the royalists and the Orleanists are using for their own ends. He has pertinacity, and he insists upon being heard. He may be listened to some day. But that he, or the others, will ever make anything of Orleans... pish! Orleans himself may desire it, but the man is a eunuch in crime; he would, but he can't. ...
— Scaramouche - A Romance of the French Revolution • Rafael Sabatini

... "Pish! It is nothing," answered La Boulaye hurriedly, and would have had the subject dismissed, but that one of the onlooking peasants swore by the memory of some long-dead saint that it was the cut of a whip. Duhamel's eyes kindled and his ...
— The Trampling of the Lilies • Rafael Sabatini

... you are tempted to do this, think it over. If you do, you will not say, "Pish,—the ...
— Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea • Charles H. L. Johnston



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