Definition of perch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɜːtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrtʃ//
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  1. 1a place where a bird rests, especially a branch or bar for this purpose, for example in a bird’s cage
  2. 2a high seat or position He watched the game from his precarious perch on top of the wall.
  3. 3 (pl. perch) a freshwater fish that is sometimes used for food See related entries: Fish
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 late Middle English: the noun from perch ‘a measure of length’(from Old French perche, from Latin pertica ‘measuring rod, pole’); the verb from Old French percher. noun sense 3 late Middle English: from Old French perche, via Latin from Greek perkē.Idioms
    knock somebody off their pedestal/perch
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    to make somebody lose their position as somebody/something successful or admired A lot of teams are looking to knock us off our perch.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perch