fall from grace




fall from grace ‎(plural falls from grace)

  1. The loss of one's current social position, prestige, status, power, etc.
    • 2011 December 14, Angelique Chrisafis, “Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism”[1], Guardian:
      But the row highlighted the fall from grace of the ethnically diverse women Sarkozy once promoted but later cast aside, who are now rebelling. The former young sports minister, Rama Yade, outspoken and hugely popular, has not only quit the government: she has left Sarkozy's party.


fall from grace ‎(third-person singular simple present falls from grace, present participle falling from grace, simple past fell from grace, past participle fallen from grace)

  1. (Christianity) To lose God's favour through sins or wrongdoings.
  2. (figuratively, idiomatic) To fall from one's current social position to something lower, to lose one's prestige, status or power.
    • 2011 December 14, Angelique Chrisafis, “Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism”[2], Guardian:
      The row started over who will run for parliament in a wealthy rightwing constituency on the left bank in Paris, a safe seat for Sarkozy's ruling UMP. Dati is already a local mayor in the neighbourhood, a job felt to have been handed to her on a plate when she was a Sarkozy favourite. She has since fallen from grace, and when she left government she took a European parliament seat, considered a consolation prize.
    His father fell from grace with the emperor.
    The cyclist fell from grace because of steroids and lies.


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