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fall from grace

Meaning: If you fall from grace, you do something that results in a loss of respect and support, especially among those who influence your life or career.

For example:

  • The company's vice-president was expected to take over the company until he fell from grace after being arrested for stealing company funds.

  • It's been sad watching so many athletes fall from grace and have their records deleted from the record books for taking performance-enhancing drugs like steroids.

Note: This idiom can also be used in the form of a noun phrase, as in "Mike's fall from grace was quite spectacular".

Quick Quiz:

One of world's best-known boxers fell from grace because he
  1. won the world heavyweight title
  2. was found guilty of rape
  3. had tattoos on his face

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