knock (someone) off his/her pedestal

idiom

Definition of knock (someone) off his/her pedestal

: to defeat (someone that has won a contest or competition especially in sports)
  • They're trying to knock the champions off their pedestal.

Word by Word Definitions

knock play
  1. : to strike something with a sharp blow

  2. : to collide with something

  3. : bustle

  1. : a sharp blow : rap, hit

  2. : a severe misfortune or hardship

  3. : setback, reversal

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

her play
  1. : of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case of she

pedestal play
  1. : the support or foot of a late classic or neoclassical column — see column illustration

  2. : the base of an upright structure

  3. : base, foundation

  1. : to place on or furnish with a pedestal


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