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Fall from grace

  • Fall from grace is an idiom that has been in use for hundreds of years. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom or other parts of speech is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions that native speakers understand such as in a blue moon, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, chin up, eye to eye, barking up the wrong tree, hit the nail on the head, kick the bucket, under the weather, piece of cake, when pigs fly, and raining cats and dogs, as they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker. We will examine the meaning of the idiom fall from grace, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    To fall from grace means to fall out of favor, to lose prestige, authority, or respect. The idiom fall from grace is used to describe the Biblical story where Adam and Eve are expelled from Paradise, but more often, the term fall from grace is used to describe everyday situations in which someone loses his rank, prestige, or authority. The expression fall from grace is derived from a passage in the Bible, Galatians 5:4: “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Related phrases are falls from grace, fell from grace, fallen from grace, falling from grace.

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    Examples

    Is U.S. Bancorp The New Poster Child For The U.S. Banking Industry After Wells Fargo’s Fall From Grace? (Forbes Magazine)

    His fall from grace has given many supporters cause to ponder the old maxim that no person who lives in a glass house should be so keen to throw stones. (The Toronto Sun)

    Poverty is a key reason for Macri’s fall from grace. (Reuters)

    If only that tidbit had been in the movie, maybe Merlot wouldn’t have suffered a fall from grace. (The Stockton Record)


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