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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

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

perch on something

 
1. [for a bird] to stand at rest on something. A robin perched on the branch by my window. We saw a parrot perched on some kind of flowering tree.
2. to sit or balance on something. I can't perch on this fence forever. Let's go. Sam was perched on the bicycle and he looked very uncomfortable.
See also: on, perch

perch someone or something on something

to place, seat, or stand someone or something in a place. She perched the little girl on the edge of the tub. Walter perched his hat on the top shelf.
See also: on, 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

knock someone off their perch

BRITISH
If you knock a person or organization off their perch, you cause them to lose their important or leading position. Note: A perch is a pole, branch or other place where a bird sits to rest. For the regional firms this is an excellent time to knock London firms off their perch. Note: You can also say that a person or organization falls off their perch if they lose their important or leading position. There'll be no end of people ready to laugh when you fall off your perch. Note: You can use topple instead of fall. As one after another of the star companies of the 1980s fall on hard times, their high-flying executives are toppling from their perches.
See also: knock, off, perch, someone

knock someone off their perch

cause someone to lose a position of superiority or pre-eminence. informal
See also: knock, off, perch, 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.
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Examination of the tissue of the anal fin of black perch < 90 mm SL that had not yet developed intromittent organs revealed that tissue of the presumptive intromittent organ was present (Fig.
Most of our best perch waters contain freshwater shrimp," he says.
2006: Perch (Perca fluviatilis) diet during the flooding period of the Chabarovice coal mining pit (North-West Bohemia, Czech Republic).
We staggered data collection over 24 h to minimize lack of independence between sequential observations of perch locations.
Gender separation can be used to develop yellow perch brood stocks, conduct gender-specific experiments, and identify the fastest growing females and males for growth performance.
Now Perch believes that his old club will need to press and push Arsenal to the maximum in their next game on Monday night at the Emirates Stadium.
Perch goes to a drawer, pulls out a brown bottle of morphine, and drinks from it.
Overall if it wasn't for the perch it would have been a poor match.
Perch has come to the fore under the management of Alan Pardew and appreciative fans regularly sing "We love Perchinho" - a reference to the highly-skilled Brazilian Ronaldinho.
Perch, who along with Mike Williamson will mark the England man today, believes it would make sense.
And good preparation was what Martin Young had done when he hooked this beautiful perch that tipped the scales at 3lb 5oz.
The cleverly designed box can be assigned to a particular cat and serve as his hiding place, a bed or a perch.
But a small amount of time and careful study will reveal interesting patterns relevant to important ecological principles such as niche partitioning and territoriality For example, many species of dragonflies perch at different heights (Worthen & Patrick, 2004; Worthen & Jones, 2006, 2007).
London, Sep 20(ANI): Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has said that knocking defending champions Manchester United off their perch would be the biggest achievement of his career.