knock (someone) off his/her pedestal


as in humiliate
to cause (someone) to lose a position of esteem, importance, etc. When the scandal broke, the beloved actor was knocked off his pedestal. She signed up for the marathon in order to knock last year's winner off his pedestal.

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Thesaurus Entries Near knock (someone) off his/her pedestal

knocks off

knock (someone) off his/her pedestal

knocks one's socks off

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“Knock (someone) off his/her pedestal.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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