One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause someone to lose a position of superiority or preeminence.‘will this knock London off its perch as Europe's leading financial center?’
- ‘They believe they can knock Australia off their perch and become the dominant team in world one-day cricket, the coach said here in New Zealand yesterday.’
- ‘But, he knows that it will may take something special to knock them off their perch.’
- ‘Can anyone really see a midfield knocking them off their perch?’
- ‘The inspectors are irritated because it knocked them off their perch, undermining their authority and purpose on the world stage.’
- ‘But first things first and we will go out with every intention of trying to knock them off their perch.’
- ‘We'll be trying to knock them off their perch next year, but then again, that's what it's all about!’
- ‘There is no point in being over ambitious and aiming for to knock Kerry off their perch.’
- ‘The high-flying Tykes had run up a record seven successive victories in the tournament before Durham knocked them off their perch last year.’
- ‘Alex didn't knock them off their perch, he has buried them!’
- ‘They are still the deepest team in the East, and knocking them off their perch won't be easy.’
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