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fall from grace

To fall out of favor, typically due to having done something that tarnishes one's reputation. That actor had a catastrophic fall from grace after his very public racially-charged tirade.
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fall from grace

 
1. . Lit. to sin and get on the wrong side of God. (A Christian concept.) It was either fall from grace or starve from lack of money. That's how thieves are made. Given the choice between falling from grace and starving, few people choose to starve.
2. Fig. to do something wrong and get in trouble with someone other than God. I hear that Ted lost the Wilson contract and has fallen from grace with the boss. The accounting firm has fallen from grace and the board is looking for a new one.
See also: fall, grace

fall from grace

Experience reduced status or prestige, cease to be held in favor, as in The whole department has fallen from grace and may well be dissolved entirely. This expression originally alluded to losing the favor of God. Today it is also used more loosely, as in the example. [Late 1300s]
See also: fall, grace

fall from grace

COMMON Someone's fall from grace is their sudden loss of power, fame or influence as a result of a big mistake that they have made or something bad that they have done. The cause of Ms Smith's fall from grace was the same as Ms Clark's: she had once hired an illegal immigrant to look after her son. His story represents one of the most spectacular falls from grace in film history. The last two years, of course, have seen the banks' fall from grace in the eyes of the public. Note: You can also say that someone falls from grace. The band later fell from grace when it was discovered that they never sang on their own records.
See also: fall, grace

fall from grace

1 fall into a state of sin. 2 fall from favour.
2 1998 Martin Booth The Industry of Souls He was an officer in the local militia before he arrested a young official…for corruption and fell from grace.
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fall from ˈgrace

lose people’s approval, for example through a mistake or immoral behaviour: The government minister fell from grace as a result of the financial scandal.
See also: fall, grace

fall from grace

To experience a major reduction in status or prestige.
See also: fall, grace

fall from grace, to

To lapse into sin; to lose favor. The term comes from the Bible, in which St. Paul says that those who lose faith in God are “fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4). “Grace” here, and in subsequent ecclesiastical writings, means God’s grace, which is necessary to be saved from eternal damnation. However, the expression later was transferred to any kind of temporal decline or disgrace.
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In Fall from Grace, Arthurson introduces readers to Leo Desroches, a talented journalist with a gambling problem.
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Dean Philip Hayes, 59, of Milford Haven, had completed a "spectacular fall from grace" by committing the offences, Preston Crown Court was told.
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MICHAEL Jackson's long fall from grace has taken place in the glare of the media spotlight, his every bizarre action caught on camera.
An accountant who downloaded thousands of indecent images of children on a work computer saw his "fall from grace" completed when he was jailed yesterday.
A former model's fall from grace was told to a court when she admitted an armed shop raid.
But teenage girls are likely to be ripping posters of him from their walls after his fall from grace. Anderson's haircut remains his most exciting trait.
It also examines the attitude of the media towards their behaviour, their subsequent fall from grace and, in some cases, their rehabilitation.
With Angus Deayton's fall from grace plastered across every newspaper in the land last year,attention turned to Have I Got News for You, the show he'dhosted since 1990.
THE new chairman of Marconi has vowed to block a near pounds 1million pay-off to former chief executive Lord Simpson, who was forced to resign last week after its dramatic fall from grace.
The inside scoop: While the film clearly takes Messner's side--arguing, for example, that the Bakkers' fall from grace was orchestrated by rival Jerry Falwell--the filmmakers made no promises to their subject ahead of time.
But that was it and the fans yelled their disapproval of a Burnley fall from grace which has amassed just four points from six matches.
DANNY CARE'S fall from grace continues with police questioning him about an alleged sex assault.
The IPP's fall from grace was a devastating blow, given that they once had up to 86 MPs in the Westminster Parliament.