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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 your perch

  (British old-fashioned, humorous)
to die By the time I fall off my perch, Britain may well be a republic.
See also: fall, off, perch

knock somebody off their perch

  (British & Australian)
to make someone fail or lose their leading position Will Rovers win the European Cup and knock United off their perch?
See also: knock, off, perch
References in classic literature ?
He used to spend hours there,--rustling among the branches, and shouting with delight every time the strong gusts of wind rushing down from the mountain side, swayed to and fro the tall and flexible column on which he was perched.
You see them perched aloft among the immovable boughs of the majestic bread-fruit trees, or gently swaying on the elastic branches of the Omoo; skimming over the palmetto thatching of the bamboo huts; passing like spirits on the wing through the shadows of the grove, and sometimes descending into the bosom of the valley in gleaming flights from the mountains.
I'm not feeling well," said the Scarecrow, with a smile, "for it is very tedious being perched up here night and day to scare away crows.
The donkey laid himself down upon a heap of straw in the yard, the dog stretched himself upon a mat behind the door, the cat rolled herself up on the hearth before the warm ashes, and the cock perched upon a beam on the top of the house; and, as they were all rather tired with their journey, they soon fell asleep.
For dress the insect wore a dark-blue swallowtail coat with a yellow silk lining and a flower in the button-hole; a vest of white duck that stretched tightly across the wide body; knickerbockers of fawn-colored plush, fastened at the knees with gilt buckles; and, perched upon its small head, was jauntily set a tall silk hat.
But his appearance was no more unusual than the manner of his coming, there to my mother and me as we perched above the angry wild pigs.
This pleased Button-Bright, who held fast to one of Tik-tok's copper hands as he trudged along the road, while Dorothy walked on the other side of her old friend and Billina perched by turns upon his shoulder or his copper hat.
The foolish animal no sooner perceived itself at liberty, than forgetting all the favours it had received from Sophia, it flew directly from her, and perched on a bough at some distance.
Tom had almost recovered his little namesake, when the branch on which it was perched, and that hung over a canal, broke, and the poor lad plumped over head and ears into the water.
When they rose up from the ground, and took the shady track which led them through the wood, she bounded on before, printing her tiny footsteps in the moss, which rose elastic from so light a pressure and gave it back as mirrors throw off breath; and thus she lured the old man on, with many a backward look and merry beck, now pointing stealthily to some lone bird as it perched and twittered on a branch that strayed across their path, now stopping to listen to the songs that broke the happy silence, or watch the sun as it trembled through the leaves, and stealing in among the ivied trunks of stout old trees, opened long paths of light.
There were a couple of forms, notched and cut and inked all over; a small deal desk perched on four legs, at which no doubt the master sat; a few dog's-eared books upon a high shelf; and beside them a motley collection of peg-tops, balls, kites, fishing-lines, marbles, half-eaten apples, and other confiscated property of idle urchins.
Five male scissor-tailed flycatchers were perched at the top of the tree in the area with an unobstructed view.
When the hummingbird was near the feeder, he always perched at exactly the same place.
We also review the scant literature on mobbing of perched caprimulgiforms, none of which appears in the most recent reviews of caprimulgiform biology (e.
Smaller species avoided stations with larger decoys and perched lower at stations with decoys than at stations without decoys (Worthen & Jones, 2007).