how the mighty have fallen

how the mighty have fallen

Used to indicate the decline or failure of a person, group, or entity who used to be very successful, powerful, important, etc. The phrase can be humorously or sarcastically applied to everyday situations. The phrase originated in the Bible. A: "Did you hear that that famous actress is probably going to jail after all?" B: "Oh wow. How the mighty have fallen." Joan has to clean her own house these days? Oh, how the mighty have fallen! The country used to be an economic superpower, but now it is regarded with distrust and disdain by leaders around the world. How the mighty have fallen, indeed.
See also: fallen, have, how, mighty
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

How the mighty have fallen.

Prov. a jovial or mocking way of remarking that someone is doing something that he or she used to consider very demeaning. Jill: Ever since Fred's wife left him, he has had to cook his own meals. Jane: Well! How the mighty have fallen! When Dan lost his money, he had to sell his expensive sports car. Now he drives an ugly old sedan. How the mighty have fallen.
See also: fallen, have, how, mighty
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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How the mighty have fallen: having invented maps and money - not to mention the steam engine, thermometers and the water pump - the Greeks (or should that be geeks?) are unable to muster the public will to find their way out of a financial farce which rates their economy as "junk".
"HOW the mighty have fallen," is an old expression, and one used by those who wish to gloat over the misfortune of another.