knock somebody off their perch/pedestal

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

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 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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