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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

knock someone off their perch

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

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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Conversely, small species may gain some protection from larger predators (larger dragonflies and birds) by flying and perching close to the water's surface.
There should be one perching station per student or pair of students.
If the bird is flying instead of perching, Sibley argues, the Cornell group's calculations of bird size no longer work.
We examined selection of nocturnal perching sites in O.
Snakes perching on branches of trees, which tended to be higher off of the ground, were longer than those perching on tips of herbaceous leaves and fern fronds, which tended to be closer to the ground (t = 31.
Few studies have identified characteristics of shrike natural perching substrate with reference to condition of the perch tree.
Furthermore, rather than pointing forward as in a theropod or backward as in a perching bird, the Archaeopteryx first toe pointed sideways as a human thumb does, says Mayr.
Perching birds have claw curvature that lies between that of walkers and climbers, Krauss notes.
He found that the degree of claw curvature is a clear indicator of lifestyle: Ground-dwelling species have straighter claws, perching birds have moderately curved claws, and birds that climb tree trunks have very curved claws.