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fall off (one's) perch

To die. I hope not to fall off my perch until I'm old and gray.
See also: fall, off, perch

knock (one) off (their) perch

To cause someone to fall from a leading or prominent position. At the end of the day, I think voters just wanted to see someone knock the prime minister off his perch.
See also: knock, off, perch

perch on something

 
1. [for a bird] to stand at rest on something. A robin perched on the branch by my window. We saw a parrot perched on some kind of flowering tree.
2. to sit or balance on something. I can't perch on this fence forever. Let's go. Sam was perched on the bicycle and he looked very uncomfortable.
See also: on, perch

perch someone or something on something

to place, seat, or stand someone or something in a place. She perched the little girl on the edge of the tub. Walter perched his hat on the top shelf.
See also: on, perch

fall off the perch

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fall off your perch

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED, INFORMAL
If someone falls off the perch or falls off their perch, they die. Note: A perch is a pole, branch or other place where a bird sits to rest. He fell off the perch years ago. Note: Other verbs such as drop or topple can be used instead of fall. He'll topple off his perch one morning. You know how it is. Note: This expression is used humorously.
See also: fall, off, perch

knock someone off their perch

BRITISH
If you knock a person or organization off their perch, you cause them to lose their important or leading position. Note: A perch is a pole, branch or other place where a bird sits to rest. For the regional firms this is an excellent time to knock London firms off their perch. Note: You can also say that a person or organization falls off their perch if they lose their important or leading position. There'll be no end of people ready to laugh when you fall off your perch. Note: You can use topple instead of fall. As one after another of the star companies of the 1980s fall on hard times, their high-flying executives are toppling from their perches.
See also: knock, off, perch
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The one o'clock gun fires at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, with, from left: Bombardier Tia Barton, Captain Andrew Harbridge-Watson and Sgt Maximillian Chase Picture: RICHARD WILLIAMS
In partnership with 3M, Urbio has designed a damage-free installation experience that allows users to simply peel, stick and attach Perch to the wall using Command(TM) Strips.
All of the estuary perch stockings were subject to risk assessments by an expert panel in-line with departmental fish translocation protocols.
Anytime another hummingbird came to feed, he left the perch and chased the other bird away.
It's problematic in yellow perch and other fish species.
Perch said: "When you get a taste of the experience of playing at Wembley, you just want more, so we know what to do.
He weighed in 26lb 7oz and Bell totalled 26lb 3oz, including perch of over 2lb.
Perch has come to the fore under the management of Alan Pardew and appreciative fans regularly sing "We love Perchinho" - a reference to the highly-skilled Brazilian Ronaldinho.
Perch (below) said: "I can see a time when Andy may want to come back to Newcastle.
The number of potential perch sites and impaling sites in territories was ascertained by counting the number of shrubs and saplings (woody plants [greater than or equal to] 1 m and [less than or equal to]4 m in height) and trees (woody plants >4 m in height), and by measuring the total length of utility wires, fence rows, and tree-lines (row of trees and shrubs with a canopy [less than or equal to]5 m wide) or woodlot edges (wooded area with canopy [greater than or equal to]5 m wide).
Martin was angling at a private lake in Thoresby, Lincs, when this hungry perch took his luncheon meat hookbait.
The Hide, Perch and Go Box when used at a shelter gives a cat control over her environment, allowing her to relax and become more adoptable.
But a small amount of time and careful study will reveal interesting patterns relevant to important ecological principles such as niche partitioning and territoriality For example, many species of dragonflies perch at different heights (Worthen & Patrick, 2004; Worthen & Jones, 2006, 2007).
London, Sep 20(ANI): Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has said that knocking defending champions Manchester United off their perch would be the biggest achievement of his career.