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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) pedestal

1. To cause one to lose a leading or prominent position. At the end of the day, I think voters just wanted to knock the prime minister off his pedestal.
2. To reduce or damage one's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate one. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case—maybe that will knock him off his pedestal. It's about time 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

perch on (something)

1. To remain seated, poised, or balanced atop something. Often used in passive constructions. The cat perched on the limb of the tree, coolly watching the unfolding drama beneath it. I was perched on the beam for what felt like ages trying to keep the cables secure while the foreman ran for the correct bolts.
2. To cause someone or something to remain seated, poised, or balanced atop something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "perch" and "on." I perched the vase on the mantelpiece. She perched the child on the stool while she prepared lunch.
3. To be in a position of royal power. Almost always followed by the word "one's/the throne." The king takes vile pleasure in deciding the fates of his subjects as he remains perched on his throne. She perched on the throne following the death of her husband, the late King Edmund the Eighth.
See also: on, perch
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fall off the perch


fall off your perch

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

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

knock someone off their perch

cause someone to lose a position of superiority or pre-eminence. informal
See also: knock, off, perch, someone
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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To quantify perching, we introduced raptors to the flight enclosure and then waited 24 h before initiating data collection.
The 1st null hypothesis assumed equal perching on the supplemental perch, the shielded crossarm below the supplemental perch, and the control crossarm without the supplemental perch.
This facilitates comparison of perch events when for any given observation, perching in one place eliminated the possibility of perching somewhere else at the same instant.
Once the perching stations are established and the students can identify the most abundant species, they can begin the observation period.
Ideally, analyses should be limited to species that have been observed perching more than 24 times to meet a principal assumption of the chi-square tests (expected values >5), and goodness-of-fit alpha levels should be adjusted for multiple comparisons with a modification like the Bonferroni correction.
This wire can now be bound to a dowel with tape or rubber bands and positioned at a perching station (Figure 2B).
Snakes perching on branches of trees, which tended to be higher off of the ground, were longer than those perching on tips of herbaceous leaves and fern fronds, which tended to be closer to the ground (t = 31.618, P < 0.001).
brevirostris, with shorter snakes perching on herbaceous leaves and longer snakes perching on branches, is likely an artifact of structure of forests.
Ostrom of Yale University Ostrom, who identified a previously unrecognized specimen of Archaeopteryx, proposed that the early bird had legs, feet, and claws best suited for running along the ground rather than perching. He also observed that Archaeopteryx shared substantial anatomical similarities with the small bipedal dinosaurs that lived at the same time during the late Jurassic period.
Avoiding the vitriol, Ostrom praises Feduccia's study even though it disproves Ostrom's contention that Archaeopteryx' claws were poorly designed for perching. "I think Alan has put together a very solidly based study, I'm not set in concrete," says Ostrom.