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place (someone or something) (up) on a pedestal

To believe or behave as if someone or something is perfect, extraordinarily wonderful, or better than others. I know it's easy to be smitten with a romantic partner, but I don't think it's healthy for one to place the other up on a pedestal. Stephen has been placing classic literature on a pedestal ever since college, so he gets really judgmental of other genres he deems to be inferior.
See also: on, pedestal, place

set (someone or something) (up) on a pedestal

To believe or behave as if someone or something is perfect, extraordinarily wonderful, or better than others. I know it's easy to be smitten with a romantic partner, but I don't think it's healthy for one to set the other up on a pedestal. Stephen has been setting classic literature on a pedestal ever since college, so he gets really judgmental of other genres he deems to be inferior.
See also: on, pedestal, set

put (someone or something) (up) on a pedestal

To believe or behave as if someone or something is perfect, extraordinarily wonderful, or better than others, to the extent that one is unable to see its potential flaws or faults. I know it's easy to be smitten with a romantic partner, but I don't think it's healthy for one to put the other up on a pedestal. Stephen has been putting classic literature on a pedestal ever since college, so he gets really judgmental of other genres he deems to be inferior.
See also: on, pedestal, put

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 (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

*on a pedestal

Fig. elevated to a position of honor or reverence. (Alludes to honoring someone on display on a pedestal like a statue. *Typically: place someone ~; put someone ~.) He puts his wife on a pedestal. She can do no wrong in his opinion. I was just doing my job. There is no point in placing me on a pedestal!
See also: on, pedestal

on a pedestal, put

Also, set on a pedestal. Greatly admire, magnify in importance, as in Youngsters tend to put rock stars on a pedestal, forgetting that they're human. This expression alludes to the raised position of a statue on a pedestal. [Mid-1800s]
See also: on, put

knock someone off their pedestal

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knock someone from their pedestal

If someone or something knocks you off your pedestal or knocks you from your pedestal, they show people that you are not perfect or as good as they thought. Note: A pedestal is a base on which something such as a statue stands. He has been knocked off his pedestal by revelations about his private life. The tabloids have been trying for several years now to knock Jackson from his pedestal. Note: Other verbs such as push, take, and force can be used instead of knock. Many film stars of that generation were forced off their pedestal by the arrival of sound. Note: This expression is very variable. For example, you can say that someone falls off their pedestal if they do something that shows people that they are not perfect or that they should come down from their pedestal if you think that they should stop behaving as though they think they are perfect. If you are the best student one year, there is a danger of falling off your pedestal the next year. My advice to Paula is to come down from her pedestal and get in touch with reality.
See also: knock, off, pedestal, someone

put someone on a pedestal

COMMON If someone puts you on a pedestal, they believe that you are perfect. Note: A pedestal is a base on which something such as a statue stands. I put my own parents on a pedestal. I felt they could do no wrong. Note: Other verbs such as place or set can be used instead of put. He had set her on a pedestal. Note: You can say that someone is on a pedestal or sits on a pedestal when people think of them in this way. The Emperor is still safely on a pedestal.
See also: on, pedestal, put, someone

put someone on a pedestal

admire someone greatly but uncritically.
See also: on, pedestal, put, someone

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.

put/set/place somebody on a ˈpedestal

admire somebody so much that you are unable to see their faults: Don’t try to put her on a pedestal, she’s as guilty as the rest of them! OPPOSITE: look down your nose (at somebody/something)
A pedestal is the base that a statue rests on.
See also: on, pedestal, place, put, set, somebody
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