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fall off (one's) perch

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

knock (one) off (one's) perch

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

knock (one) off (one's) pedestal

1. 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 pedestal.
2. To reduce or damage someone's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate someone. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case, maybe that will knock him off his pedestal. It's about time that someone knocked Sarah off her pedestal. Her snotty, rich-kid arrogance is intolerable!
See also: knock, off, pedestal

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, someone

knock someone off their perch

cause someone to lose a position of superiority or pre-eminence. informal
See also: knock, off, perch, someone

knock somebody off their ˈperch/ˈpedestal

show that somebody does not deserve to be admired so much: These revelations will really knock him off his pedestal.
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Twenty-five minutes later, two blue jays returned to the sweet gum and perched for 2 min before leaving the area.
The trip yielded many other wildlife encounters: two bald eagles perched in trees at the north tip of Shelter Island, and the thrill of one of them taking flight; a dozen Steller's sea lions along a ledge of Benjamin Island, sprawled about like a bunch of sunbathing vacationers; and other assorted sightings of eagles, humpbacks and sea lions.
1 -- 3 -- color) Visitors to Southeast Alaska might be treated to the sight of a bald eagle, above, or a lighthouse perched on a rocky island, right.
The upper rail of this sideways range is fortified by resistance in the form of the stock's descending 10-week and 20-week moving averages, which are perched around the 53 and 53.
SAUGUS - Jerry Murphy, a bird enthusiast and member of the Audubon Society, gazed through binoculars Thursday at a little nest perched in the crook of a towering tree on Diaz Drive in Saugus.
Residing below the stock to supply potential support is the security's 20-week trendline, which is perched around the 11 mark.
Wearing a Rosamond Elementary School T-shirt and shorts, Feickert perched on a dunk tank seat as pupils threw softballs at a target that, when hit, dropped him into the water.
The stock is trading below its 10-day and 20-day moving averages and is perched at levels not seen since early October.
Recently while I was aboard the Southern California Marine Institute's research vessel Yellowfin off Catalina's West End, skipper Jimmy Cvitanovich of Seal Beach pointed out a bald eagle perched atop a rocky ridge, not far from its pyramid-shaped nest.
UPS shareholders may be the only ones that aren't complaining, as the stock is perched near new annual highs, having maintained a rapid and steady uptrend since the end of September.