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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PERCH

To prepare it in this way, secure a perch and scale and clean it.

He rang the bell, went into the park, and ran along the avenue to the perch.

From my perch I could see the sullen heavy walls of a ridge.

"Devil take you, fool," snapped Gonzaga, thrusting him roughly from his perch.

Stan looked down upon the killers from his perch in the sky.

He could not see much of her face, from his perch, but she was tall and fashionably clad.

So off they set again, and again the pike overtook the perch.

So the pike kept on pursuing the perch, but it was of no use.

The specimen is now ready to place upon its base, perch, or stand.

He clambered slowly down from his perch and swung up into the saddle.

WORD ORIGIN

"where a bird rests," late 13c., originally only "a pole, rod, stick, stake," from Old French perche "unit of linear measurement" (5.5 yards), also "measuring rod, pole, bar" used to measure this length (13c.), from Latin pertica "pole, long staff, measuring rod," related to Oscan perek "pole," Umbrian perkaf "twigs, rods." Meaning "a bar fixed horizontally for a hawk or tame bird to rest on" is attested from late 14c.; this led to general sense of "any thing that any bird alights or rests on" (late 15c.). Figurative sense of "an elevated or secure position" is recorded from 1520s. The "land-measuring rod" sense also was in Middle English (c.1200), hence surviving meaning "measure of land equal to a square lineal perch" (usually 160 to the acre), mid-15c.

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