fall off the perch

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

fall off the perch

or

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
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Spaniard Francisco Mancebo Perez expects his challengers to throw every trick in the book just to see him fall off the perch.
I usually do the old scrubs, chavs or slappers" Actress Sheridan Smith "When they fall off the perch, that's it" Former Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd, who wants numbers in the House of Lords to be reduced, calls for an end to the election of hereditary peers to replace those who die
"When they fall off the perch, that's it" - Former Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd, who wants numbers in the House of Lords to be reduced, calls for an end to the election of hereditary peers to replace those who die.
He told Ryan Tubridy: "They all seemed to fall off the perch at the same time, and far too young.
From there, it was a short mental jump (small brains make for short distances) to other places in the world where I would like to sail before I fall off the perch. That, of course, is one of the beauties of chartering.
"And when you receive the lifetime achievement award like this, it makes you very nervous, like maybe you're going to fall off the perch or something."
"It's just like business and as you move up a ladder people fall off the perch - there are players who'll fall off the perch the higher they go with us.
Inheritance tax has been a favourite among Labour supporters because it has always been regarded as a tax on toffs and the successors of the landed gentry when they fall off the perch.